Chicks up for a Challenge - New: Fat Camp 12-week - Sizzling Summer Challenge - 6-15-14 To 9-7-14




munchey
06-02-2014, 02:37 PM
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FAT CAMP - SIZZLING SUMMER CHALLENGE
12-WEEK CHALLENGE
6-15-14 TO 9-7-14
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Join the Fat Camp Sizzling Summer Challenge. What better time to join a group of like minded people and support each other to reach our goals. The weather should be great for most of us, with plenty of daylight and opportunities to get/stay active.

We will have a Google Doc Spreadsheet for weigh-ins and goals. There will be weekly assignments - both physical and mental. The assignments are optional. More details and a link to the spreadsheet will follow soon.

Hope you decide to join! Just post to indicate you want to join and stay tuned for more information. The kick off date is 6-15-14, but late entries are okay. If you start late, just make a realistic goal weight for the challenge end on 9-7-14.
Munchey


munchey
06-04-2014, 01:35 AM
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE CHALLENGE SPREADSHEET:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hZA9IMRJ-VVLnziIB6VkUWjbqdYl3ZHH5U4eTyfrrZg/edit?usp=sharing

Rashomon
06-04-2014, 02:05 AM
I'll join! I'll make my goal 250, so just under 30lbs.


munchey
06-04-2014, 02:25 AM
I'll join! I'll make my goal 250, so just under 30lbs.
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WELCOME RASHOMON!
I entered your name on the spreadsheets. Check them out and bookmark the link. I'll be posting more information soon.

Munchey

texscrapper
06-04-2014, 08:47 AM
I'd like to join as well - wanting to drop another 20 pounds during this challenge.

munchey
06-04-2014, 10:56 AM
I'd like to join as well - wanting to drop another 20 pounds during this challenge.

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Texscrapper:
I'm glad you are joining the challenge! Let's make your goals happen!

Naughty

wvuchick
06-04-2014, 10:59 AM
I'd like to join this group. My goal is to get to Onederland, which is 23.9 lbs from where I am right now.

nlauah
06-04-2014, 11:08 AM
I would like to join as well.. I am at 182lbs.. I would like to lose around 20 lbs and be at 162lbs at the end of the challenge

Lilbert
06-04-2014, 11:53 AM
I would like to join please! I'm 159 this morning and would really love get under 140, so 139 as my goal please. Not sure its going to be doable at my height/weight and given I'm currently at a stall, but its something to aim for :)

berryblondeboys
06-04-2014, 11:56 AM
Me too - onederland for me too! 199 for a goal... Currently at 224.0 which is up with water weight. I'll see what my start weight is on 6/15.

berryblondeboys
06-04-2014, 11:58 AM
I didn't look at details, but your summer challenge has some errors - like goal weight for 6/24 and weighin on May something at the end of the row.... stuff like that. Just a heads up before we get all off and running!

berryblondeboys
06-04-2014, 12:59 PM
Wait - which thread do you want us to use? You just created another thread with the same fat camp info?

munchey
06-04-2014, 01:37 PM
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Welcome to the challenge: BerryBlondBoys, WvuChick, Lilbert, and Nlauah.

BerryBlondBoys:
Thanks for the input on the spreadsheet. I made those changes. It is still a bit of a work in progress.

We can rock the Summer and make it happen!
Munchey

munchey
06-04-2014, 01:47 PM
Wait - which thread do you want us to use? You just created another thread with the same fat camp info?

The 2nd thread is for information only. It is not meant for anyone to post any replies or comments (this thread is for that). It's purpose is to have one place where everyone can go and find just information and assignments. This usually eliminates the need to repeat information in the posting thread. Also, the info. thread can save time for participants, so they don't have to hunt through a lot of posts for general information.

Also, there will be weekly assignments and they will be posted in the information thread. The weekly assignments are voluntary for those who want to participate.

Hope this helps,
Munchey

Sindaena
06-04-2014, 02:01 PM
I'd like to join as well.

My goal is to be under 120 lbs by 9/7 - so ~14 pounds from this mornings weigh in.

munchey
06-04-2014, 03:11 PM
I'd like to join as well.

My goal is to be under 120 lbs by 9/7 - so ~14 pounds from this mornings weigh in.
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Sindaena:
Welcome to the challenge! I entered your name on the spreadsheet.

munchey
06-04-2014, 03:16 PM
NOTE: You can find the basic template for this personal contract in the Team Information Only Thread. You will find a link in my signature block.
__________________________________________________ _____________________
FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
CAMPER NAME: Munchey

I hereby commit to 12 weeks of regular vigorous exercise – that’s a minimum of (5) five 30-minute workout sessions a week – and to self-control when it comes to eating. I will be focused on challenging my abilities in the pursuit of elevating my physical performance. I will strive to increase my work out sessions during the 12-week challenge to: 60 minutes of work-out sessions 5 days a week (in addition to my walking mileage)

I will endeavor to be conscious of when and why I eat and will, to the best of my ability, eat simply to satisfy my nutritional needs as opposed to my emotional needs. I will also do my best to make healthful food choices. I will also make my best effort to terminate my consumption of food 2-3 hours prior to my bedtime.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.


Munchey 6-4-14

wvuchick
06-04-2014, 04:32 PM
FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
CAMPER NAME: WVUChick

I hereby commit to 12 weeks of not being lazy and getting my butt up and move more when I am at work.

I will stick to my eating window at least 90 % of the time, only allowing cheats when absolutely necessary. I will endeavor to eat within my macros. I will keep my food log daily even when I’ve allowed myself a cheat day. I will not give into eating outside my window due to weakness.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.


WVU Chick 6/4/2014
Signature Date

seaurchin
06-04-2014, 09:18 PM
I would like to join as well. I added my name to the spreadsheet. I'm going to be conservative with my numbers as I tend to hang out for a couple of weeks at the same weight.

momof2boys
06-05-2014, 10:36 AM
I would like to join! I lose very slowly. So, I will try to lose 12 pounds.

munchey
06-05-2014, 11:32 AM
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Momof2boys & SeaUrchin:

Welcome to the Challenge! Glad you are joining.

Munchey

lotsakids
06-05-2014, 01:13 PM
I'm in! I need to start shaking myself out of this place that I've landed. I've been losing and gaining the same 3 pounds since January!!

rbphoenix
06-06-2014, 04:12 AM
I'd like to join in too. I think this challenge can really motivate me to stay on track. My goal is 162. It's been a longggg time since I saw that number, that will be a 14 lb loss.

ICUwishing
06-06-2014, 09:46 AM
I'm in. I will set an inch-loss goal and get crackin' on my contract. Please put my name in.

lotsakids
06-06-2014, 03:01 PM
Weight loss goal: 172 (my hundred pound goal)

Exercise goal: I already walk 60-90 minutes a day/5 days a week adding in my strength exercises and the dreaded planks

FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
CAMPER NAME: Donna (lotsakids)

I will spend the next 12 weeks giving my best effort to me. I will work out at least 5 days a week - no excuses. I will eat within my food plan and my window. Last but not least I WILL clean out my attic and further declutter my house. (not food related, but it really needs to get done before September and less clutter is weight loss for my house)
I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.

Donna 6/6/14

seaurchin
06-06-2014, 11:42 PM
FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
CAMPER NAME: SeaUrchin

I enter into this contract to help foster a healthier lifestyle change. With the help of my husband and my motivational partners on 3FC, I hereby commit to 12 weeks of the following:

I will walk 5 miles per day, 6 days per week. I will find opportunities for additional activities at least three times a week. I will endeavor to participate in Fat Camp activities whenever possible.

I will avoid, whenever possible, sugar, foods with added sugar, artificial sweeteners and most processed foods. I will control portion size and will eat tons of organic fruits and vegetables. I will limit my beverage intake and will stay well hydrated by drinking at least 64 oz. of water per day. I will endeavor to log my food intake and activities on a daily basis.

I will feel blessed with what I’ve accomplished each day –as each day, good or bad, will eventually lead me where I want to be.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.

Pink Hurricane
06-07-2014, 10:09 PM
I want to join! My goal is to lose 20lbs.

Pink Hurricane
06-07-2014, 10:22 PM
FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
Camper: Pink Hurricane

I hereby commit to 12 weeks of regularly tracking my intake and making the healthiest choices possible, and not bingeing!

I will also commit to doing full body strength exercises everyday such as squats, lunges, pushups, planks, etc. even on days when I have very little time to exercise.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.

Courtney 6/7/2014
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Signature Date

Aggiegirl66
06-07-2014, 10:26 PM
I would like to join. I would like to lose 30 lbs to have an end weight of 225 by 09/07.

munchey
06-09-2014, 01:05 PM
I made an Action Board for myself for this challenge (New spin on Dream Board or Vision Board). I'll post some info. on how I did this one as a drawing in Google Docs.

Welcome new members! I'll be back later to catch up on posts.
Munchey

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Novus
06-09-2014, 01:26 PM
I'd like to join this challenge. You seem super motivated and invested in this project Munchey! I've entered my name on the spreadsheet. I will add my starting weight and goal weight closer to the start date.

munchey
06-09-2014, 01:41 PM
I would like to join. I would like to lose 30 lbs to have an end weight of 225 by 09/07.
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Aggiegirl66:
Welcome to the challenge. Let's make it happen!

Munchey

munchey
06-09-2014, 01:47 PM
I'd like to join this challenge. You seem super motivated and invested in this project Munchey! I've entered my name on the spreadsheet. I will add my starting weight and goal weight closer to the start date.

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NOVUS:
Glad you are joining! Let's reach our goals! We can do it!
Munchey

munchey
06-09-2014, 01:51 PM
I want to join! My goal is to lose 20lbs.
PINK HURRICANE:
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Welcome! Happy to have you join in! We can do this!

Munchey

GettinFit
06-09-2014, 02:26 PM
Munchey,

I'd like to join the challenge. I'd like to reach onederland by the end of the challenge. I have 24 pounds to lose to make it. I'll enter my data on the spreadsheet.

Thanks for starting this challenge :)

munchey
06-09-2014, 03:14 PM
Munchey,

I'd like to join the challenge. I'd like to reach onederland by the end of the challenge. I have 24 pounds to lose to make it. I'll enter my data on the spreadsheet.

Thanks for starting this challenge :)
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GettinFit:
Welcome. It is always inspiring to have like-minded people to share things with. Let's reach our goals!

Munchey

seaurchin
06-12-2014, 09:11 AM
I hope you don't mind, if so, just delete. I weighed in today as I will be traveling the next 5 days and i'm not sure if i'll have an opportunity to put my starting weight in the chart on the 15th. I will make every effort to check in, but will need to find a scale 'on the road'! best wishes to everyone.

munchey
06-12-2014, 05:04 PM
I hope you don't mind, if so, just delete. I weighed in today as I will be traveling the next 5 days and i'm not sure if i'll have an opportunity to put my starting weight in the chart on the 15th. I will make every effort to check in, but will need to find a scale 'on the road'! best wishes to everyone.

seaurchin:
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No problem, everything is flexible. Have a good and safe trip and a wonderful weekend!

Munchey

Novus
06-13-2014, 09:00 AM
SW: 168
GW: 150

My three personal challenge goals:
1. Stick to my food plan (Wheat free, low carb (<100g/day), calorie counting.)
2. 10K Training Plan (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/10k-training-schedule)
3. Be a non-smoker (Not just "on occasion". Not just socially. Completely 100% cigarette free.)

ICUwishing
06-13-2014, 02:53 PM
OK, I'm finally ready. Here we go:

FAT CAMP - FAT LOSS CONTRACT
Camper: ICUwishing

I hereby commit to 12 weeks of regular vigorous exercise. I will do no less than 5 workout sessions a week between swim team practices, HIIT, and the TRX – and will fuel these workouts with appropriate eating. I will be focused on challenging my abilities in the pursuit of elevating my physical performance.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.

ICUwishing, 6/13/2014

texscrapper
06-13-2014, 09:47 PM
I hereby commit to 12 weeks of regularly caring about myself - mind, body, and spirit. I commit to exercising for a minimum of 15 minutes per day, track calorie intake daily, and stay as close to plan as possible. I commit to not beating myself up if I mess up and to just keep trying!

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.

texscrapper, 6/13/14

FukuokaFan
06-14-2014, 12:04 PM
I'd like to join. Just had hip surgery and with no exercise had a regain. Will need to really pay attention to diet and this may be the thing to motivate me to do it! Hopefully can get back to some exercise in the next month too.

Will add details before Monday...

terry

munchey
06-15-2014, 01:10 AM
I'd like to join. Just had hip surgery and with no exercise had a regain. Will need to really pay attention to diet and this may be the thing to motivate me to do it! Hopefully can get back to some exercise in the next month too.

Will add details before Monday...

terry

TERRY:
Welcome to the challenge. Sorry about the hip surgery, but I'm sure you will be better than ever before you know it. Hope you get a good result from it! I understand that you recover a lot faster than with a knee replacement.

Munchey

munchey
06-15-2014, 01:11 AM
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Suggested Activities for Week 1 - Beginning 6-15-14:

1. Establish your goals (if you haven't already done so)
Weekly goals (i.e. 2 pound weight loss for week one, 20 miles of walking/running, etc.)
Mid-term goals (i.e. lose 10 pounds by week 4)
Goals to meet by 9-07-14 (i.e. lose 15 pounds by then)

2. Establish something for inspiration. It can be a vision board, a photo, inspirational phrases or an inspiration outfit. It helps to have something to view daily/frequently to keep you focused on the prize (a slimmer, more fit you). You have to want to reach your weigh-loss goal more than you want to overeat.

3. Gather the tools for success. A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

Clean out the kitchen and prepare for clean eating



Stock up on good foods and make some meal plans for the week



Ask for help and suggestions.



It is strongly suggested that you count your calories. If you don't have a means to do that, you might want to try MyFitnessPal.

4. When reporting your weight and accomplishments at the end of each week, it is suggested that you state successes and improvement opportunities.
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OUR EXERCISE CHALLENGE FOR THE FIRST WEEK
It is a great little routine to add to you workout this week. Try turning it into a circuit by adding some aerobic moves in the mix (i.e., skaters, jumping jacks, step ups, marching in place, hula hoop etc.). We have an exercise worksheet on the challenge spreadsheet. You may use it to record your reps. If you are unsure of how to do any of the exercises, just do an internet search and you will find everything you will need.

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FeraFilia
06-15-2014, 01:36 AM
Hello! I'd like to join please. :)

I'd like to set a goal weight of 290. Start weight is 313.6, so it's just under 2 pounds per week.

munchey
06-15-2014, 01:42 AM
Hello! I'd like to join please. :)

I'd like to set a goal weight of 290. Start weight is 313.6, so it's just under 2 pounds per week.

FeraFilia:
Welcome to the challenge. I'm glad you are joining!

Munchey

FeraFilia
06-15-2014, 01:58 AM
Thanks. I hope using my Friday weight is okay. I'm trying to break a scale obsession and only weighing Tuesday and Fridays. I can shift days if necessary.

munchey
06-15-2014, 02:31 AM
Thanks. I hope using my Friday weight is okay. I'm trying to break a scale obsession and only weighing Tuesday and Fridays. I can shift days if necessary.
No problem. It will be fine to use your Friday weight.

Munchey

FukuokaFan
06-15-2014, 10:24 PM
TERRY:
Welcome to the challenge. Sorry about the hip surgery, but I'm sure you will be better than ever before you know it. Hope you get a good result from it! I understand that you recover a lot faster than with a knee replacement.

Munchey

Munchey,
Thanks for the encouragement! I actually didn't have a hip replacement..I had an arthroscopy-- to try and keep from having a hip replacement. If the procedure worked it may keep me from getting arthritis and needing a THR. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be cleared to do more activities.

I really need to dial in to the diet..

terry

FukuokaFan
06-15-2014, 10:28 PM
FAT CAMP - WEIGHT LOSS CONTRACT
CAMPER NAME: FukuokaFan

I hereby commit to 12 weeks of regular exercise as approved by surgeon, eat < 100 gm carbs daily, and limit snacking after dinner. I will try to walk outside after dinner for cardio until clearance to go to the gym.

I will strive to eat only non-processed carbs for my daily allotment. Potato chips and saltine crackers will be actively avoided.

I realize that this contract is solely with myself and that it carries no rewards, penalties or punishments other than those associated with the reflection of the strength of my character.


FukuokaFan 6-15-14
(Terry)

Rashomon
06-16-2014, 02:09 AM
I forgot to weigh myself Sunday morning (had to get up early to work Father's Day brunch), so I'm using my Wednesday weight because I'm sure there isn't much of a difference.

wvuchick
06-16-2014, 11:15 AM
Week 1 Activities:
Weekly goal: Get up from my desk at least 15 times per day.
Midterm goal: 210 by July 27
Goal by 9/7/14: 199.9

Inspiration board: I actually did this a few weeks ago. I have a little book I made with quotes, goals, pictures of outfits I'd like to wear, and before and after pictures of real women who lost about the same amount that I need to lose, with the caption, They did it, so can I!

Already using MFP to count my calories!

Week 1 Done! Hope everyone is having a great day!

Horo
06-16-2014, 09:45 PM
I'm a day late but I'd like to join! My goal is to lose 21 lb (from 196 to 170). This is perfect for me because I'm trying to lose as much weight as healthfully possible before I get a tattoo that's scheduled near the challenge deadline.

Edited to add some details about my plan of attack: Going to be calorie counting with a 1,350 a day limit and exercising by following the c25k running program, swimming, bicycle riding, dog walking, and using my weighted hula hoop.

Lilbert
06-18-2014, 04:33 AM
My tablet won't load up the spreadsheet but could you please enter my starting weight at 157. Thanks very much. x

munchey
06-21-2014, 08:50 PM
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WEEK STARTING 06-22-14
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I hope everyone had a good first week The first week of change can be difficult and stressful. Remember, this is your journey - tailored for you. You only fail when you quit trying. The suggested assignments below are voluntary, but I hope you will try them.

WEEKLY WEIGH-IN SHEETS: A new weigh-in sheet will be offered each week. All you need to do is to enter your current weight and last week's weight. The pounds lost and percentage will be computed by a formula. If you are starting the challenge late, you need to set up a starting weight and a goal weight on the Stat Spreadsheet. The weekly weigh-in sheets feed into the Stat Sheet.

For the exercise assignment this week, we have The Spankin' Booty Routine. Go to the link below and see the exercises on Pinterest.

SPANKIN' BOOTY ROUTINE (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9218374209950009/)

The following eight exercises appear on the spreadsheet.
Back Leg Lifts X 10
Hamstring Curls X 15 & X 30 (2 versions)
Booty Circles X 15
BodySurfing X 15
Laying Hamstring Curls X 15
Booty Bridge X 15
Fine Tone the Booty x 15
Rock the Boat X 15

These exercises are extra credit, or you may choose to substitute some of these for some of the eight above.
Back Lunges x 20
Deadlifts X 15 each Side
Bonsai Booty X 10 Each
Fine Toning on Toes X 15

WEEK 2'S MENTAL CHALLENGES
1. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS: Make daily positive affirmations. Suggestion is for three. You can say them to yourself, write them on a pad of paper or note them electronically. Hopefully you will come to this thread and post your affirmations at least 2 times during the week.

Examples:

I forgive myself for any and all past mistakes
I deserve to succeed
I choose to be happy
I have the power to realize my goals
I am becoming better everyday
I only have positive mental pictures
I know how to promote my emotional and physical well-being.
I take care of my body's needs
I see myself at my healthy weight and I achieve it
I feel good when I exercise
I like long walks
I can stay on my plan to obtain my healthy weight
I picture myself at my perfect weight
I have a positive attitude about what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat
My body burns fat like a furnace


This might be difficult for some, but give it a try to come up with some personalized affirmations. If any of the above examples suit you, please use them.

LET'S ROCK WEEK 2!

munchey
06-21-2014, 08:56 PM
My tablet won't load up the spreadsheet but could you please enter my starting weight at 157. Thanks very much. x

I made the entry for you.
Munchey

munchey
06-21-2014, 08:59 PM
I'm a day late but I'd like to join! My goal is to lose 21 lb (from 196 to 170). This is perfect for me because I'm trying to lose as much weight as healthfully possible before I get a tattoo that's scheduled near the challenge deadline.

Edited to add some details about my plan of attack: Going to be calorie counting with a 1,350 a day limit and exercising by following the c25k running program, swimming, bicycle riding, dog walking, and using my weighted hula hoop.

Horo:
Welcome! Looks like you have a good plan with a reward. Good to have you with us!.

Munchey

Madison81
06-22-2014, 03:28 AM
I know that I'm about a week late :( Is it okay if I still jump in starting week 2? I'm a little confused about what to do with the spreadsheet, but I'm sure I can figure it out.

CW (218.5)
GW- for this challenge: -20 lbs. (198.5)

Novus
06-22-2014, 11:50 AM
Week 1 (June 15-21) update

Starting weight: 168
Weight on June 22: 167.8
Loss: .20 (.12%)

My three personal challenge goals:
1. Stick to my food plan - 85% 6/7 days
2. 10K Training Plan - Starting this tomorrow June 23. Did run 3X times this week - 2 miles, 1 mile (rain), 2 miles
3. Be a non-smoker - FAIL

munchey
06-22-2014, 12:38 PM
I know that I'm about a week late :( Is it okay if I still jump in starting week 2? I'm a little confused about what to do with the spreadsheet, but I'm sure I can figure it out.

CW (218.5)
GW- for this challenge: -20 lbs. (198.5)

Madison:
I entered your information on both the Stat Sheet and the Weigh-In Sheet for this week. Each Sunday, you will need to weigh in on the Weekly Weigh-In Sheet. If you have difficulty with using the spreadsheet for the weekly weigh-in, you can just post it each Sunday and ask that someone enter it on the spreadsheet for you.

There is a link to a Information Only Thread. If you go there, you will find posts with challenge information only.

Welcome to the challenge!
Munchey

munchey
06-22-2014, 12:44 PM
Week 1 (June 15-21) update

Starting weight: 168
Weight on June 22: 167.8
Loss: .20 (.12%)

My three personal challenge goals:
1. Stick to my food plan - 85% 6/7 days
2. 10K Training Plan - Starting this tomorrow June 23. Did run 3X times this week - 2 miles, 1 mile (rain), 2 miles
3. Be a non-smoker - FAIL

NOVUS:
You are off to a good start! Trying to stop smoking and losing weigh at the same time will be a challenge. As long as you keep on trying and don't give up, you will be successful!

Munchey

jbf123
06-22-2014, 12:47 PM
I am new to this site, but I would like to join, I decided it is time to get my like back on track. I would like to lose 25 pounds.

munchey
06-22-2014, 12:47 PM
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munchey
06-22-2014, 12:56 PM
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My Positive Affirmations are:

I have the power to reach my goals!
Each day is a chance for me to start over!
I can tame my stress with something positive that is not food.

Munchey

Horo
06-22-2014, 01:29 PM
Starting weight: 196
Weight at week 1 weigh-in: 194
Lb lost / percent: 2 / 1.03%
:broc:

FeraFilia
06-22-2014, 02:10 PM
Week 1 stats:

Last week weight: 313.6
This week weight: 310.4 (-3.2)

Goals:

Log calories every day: 7/7
Walk 20 miles: 14.25/20
2L water per day: 7/7

(I updated the spreadsheet)

Madison81
06-22-2014, 09:30 PM
Sw was 230.
Starting this challenge on week 2 @ 218.5. Goal for this week: 215.
Goal weight for end of 12 weeks: 194.

3 Goals: 1. Log calories & exercise daily on Lose It! app.
2. Stay within my calorie budget range.
3. Drink my minimum number of oz. of water each day.

Affirmations: I deserve to take care of myself.
My self worth is not based on pounds, but my health is.
Increasing my chances of conception is worth giving up any food
On this planet and deserves my complete dedication!

I wish everyone the best this week!

wvuchick
06-23-2014, 05:12 PM
Ok - Affirmations:

I forgive myself for the cycle of losing and gaining back.
I will not tie my success to the number on the scale.
I know I can and will acheive my goals.

Have a great week all!

wvuchick
06-23-2014, 05:13 PM
Can someone log my 6/22 weight? 221 unfortunately!

Thanks!

munchey
06-23-2014, 05:27 PM
Can someone log my 6/22 weight? 221 unfortunately!

Thanks!

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I recorded your weigh-in. Great affirmations! Hope you have a good week as well!

Munchey

Pink Hurricane
06-24-2014, 12:06 AM
Starting Weight: 281
Current Weight: 275.2
Lbs lost: 5.8lbs
Percentage lost: 2.11%

Positive Affirmations:
*I will always love myself no matter what the scale says, I am more than just a number.
*I am a very strong person, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
*I will always finish what I start, no matter how big or small!

munchey
06-24-2014, 02:07 PM
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CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING THE FIRST WEEK.

EVERY WEEK BRINGS US A NEW OPPORTUNITY!

WE DON'T FAIL UNLESS WE QUIT TRYING!

seaurchin
06-24-2014, 08:07 PM
Hello everyone. I'm back from vacation and trying to catch up with reading all the forums. Though my start weight on 6/15 was 174.4, I gained 5 pounds the last 10 days despite all the hiking. I will get back on track this week. One thing that I did accomplish while on vacation was despite being 40+ pound overweight, I still managed to hike a 14'er to the summit! Took me 8 hours round trip!

munchey
06-24-2014, 08:48 PM
Hello everyone. I'm back from vacation and trying to catch up with reading all the forums. Though my start weight on 6/15 was 174.4, I gained 5 pounds the last 10 days despite all the hiking. I will get back on track this week. One thing that I did accomplish while on vacation was despite being 40+ pound overweight, I still managed to hike a 14'er to the summit! Took me 8 hours round trip!
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SEAURCHIN:
Good to see you are still with us. I've never been good with heights, but I used to like to hike in the wilderness. When the knees get bad, the long hikes in the wilderness are replaced with off trail walking in the local park, lol.
Munchey

ChocolateLover2014
06-25-2014, 06:58 AM
Munchey,
This ChocoloateLover2014. I have found the challenge. I will update the spreadsheets shortly. My positive affirmations are
1. I deserve to succeed.
2. I am getting better everyday.
3. I have a positive attitude about what I eat, how I eat and when I eat.

munchey
06-25-2014, 11:36 AM
Munchey,
This ChocoloateLover2014. I have found the challenge. I will update the spreadsheets shortly. My positive affirmations are
1. I deserve to succeed.
2. I am getting better everyday.
3. I have a positive attitude about what I eat, how I eat and when I eat.

ChocolateLover:
Glad you found the thread! Good affirmations!

Munchey (AKA Naughty)

munchey
06-25-2014, 11:46 AM
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The link below will take you to a little slide show for 52 suggestions that can lead to weight loss. Most will be familiar with many of the suggestions. I find that I need a lot of reminders, lol. Check it out.

LINK TO 52 LITTLE CHANGES = BIG WEIGHT LOSS RESULTS (http://www.ivillage.com/52-little-changes-big-weight-loss-results/4-b-394731#394812)

blondemommy
06-25-2014, 01:29 PM
I would like to join too. My current weight is 210. I'd like to loose 15 pounds by the end of the challenge.

munchey
06-25-2014, 03:20 PM
I would like to join too. My current weight is 210. I'd like to loose 15 pounds by the end of the challenge.
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BLONDMOMMY:
Welcome to the challenge! I entered you name on the spreadsheets. Check out the information only thread and feel free to ask any questions or for help.

Munchey

Netletten
06-25-2014, 09:53 PM
Hi, I'm new on this site.
I decided to join this challenge because it's summertime and I should be able to do this...(plus it's free :) always looking for a good deal...so in roughly 10 weeks my goal is to lose 20 pounds.

Thank you for putting together this challenge.

munchey
06-25-2014, 11:24 PM
Hi, I'm new on this site.
I decided to join this challenge because it's summertime and I should be able to do this...(plus it's free :) always looking for a good deal...so in roughly 10 weeks my goal is to lose 20 pounds.

Thank you for putting together this challenge.
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Netletten:
Welcome to the challenge. I entered your name on the spreadsheets.

Munchey

tanguito
06-26-2014, 07:08 AM
Hi all

I'm new to this site and am jumping in to join this challenge. Would like to be 140 by the end of the challenge so 15 to lose.

Tanguito

munchey
06-26-2014, 02:57 PM
Hi all

I'm new to this site and am jumping in to join this challenge. Would like to be 140 by the end of the challenge so 15 to lose.

Tanguito

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TANQUITO:
Good to see you! Glad you are joining in. I put your name and stats on the spreadsheets.

Munchey (aka Naughty)

munchey
06-26-2014, 03:01 PM
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seaurchin
06-26-2014, 10:10 PM
I like you, Munchey! You really take the time to welcome everyone and are a great cheerleader! thanks for all the encouragement. After vacation, I need to get back on track and your posts do make me smile.

munchey
06-27-2014, 12:32 AM
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seaurchin:

Glad if I can make anyone smile :). I know that most people have a busy life and limited time, but I think it helps us to connect and interact with others on these threads as possible. Sharing, venting, asking for and giving help can be positive for us all in the long run.

Munchey

munchey
06-27-2014, 12:44 AM
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wvuchick
06-27-2014, 11:19 AM
Love the pig with the banana, so cute!

I thought I'd throw out a couple more affirmations for the week.

I deserve to feel good in my skin.
I deserve to do the things I want to do without worrying how my weight will affect my experience.
I believe in myself, so I know I will (not can) do it.

Have a great weekend everyone! Fingers crossed for everyone's weigh in on Sunday!

munchey
06-28-2014, 11:22 PM
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WEEK STARTING 06-29-14
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EXERCISE OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK
For the exercise assignment this week, we have a back to basics core routine. Copy and paste the address below in a new browser window to see the video & details for the exercises. The video is set up for a 10-minute routine. (If the link doesn't bring up the video, you may need to copy and paste the address below into a browser window)

LINK TO EXERCISE VIDEO (http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Ab-Workout-31600609)

http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Ab-Workout-31600609

The following exercises appear on the spreadsheet:

Seated Twist
Trunk Rotation
Lying Knee Press
Lying Bent-Knee Leg Extensions
Plank With Knee Tap
Lying Hyperextension
Bird Dog
Bird Dog W/Twist

SUGGESTED MENTAL EXERCISE FOR THIS WEEK:

Let's list the things we hate about being fat, out of shape or having bad eating habits Let's get passionate about it. Think about a list you might want to keep with you and look at when you are tempted to overindulge, skip your exercise, etc.

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FAT! LET'S BREAK UP! I WANT YOU TO GO AWAY! YOU ARE DRAGGING ME DOWN!

Novus
06-29-2014, 11:36 AM
Week 2 (June 22-28) update

Starting weight: 167.8
Weight on June 28: 167.2
Loss: .06 (.36%)

My three personal challenge goals:
1. Stick to my food plan - 85% 6/7 days (off day = attended a wedding)
2. 10K Training Plan - completed 3 of 4 scheduled runs (missed day = schedule + weather)
3. Be a non-smoker - 1 day! 0 cigarettes on Saturday. Hopefully this is THE week! :crossed:

seaurchin
06-29-2014, 12:45 PM
I started off on the wrong foot as I was on vacation for 10 days. I'm going in the opposite direction! Got to get my groove back!

starfaerie82
06-29-2014, 05:21 PM
Munchey!

Hey my friend! Followed you over here because i will miss your motivation too much.

Will weigh tomorrow and that will be my beginning weight for the challenge which I am joining up with late as it is. I need to get this stupid weight under control hardcore! I do not mind weighing more than i "should" so long as it is muscle and not fat!

Skated in a parade yesterday until the heat got me and i had to sit on the tailgate for the rest of it due to being very dizzy and nauseous. Yay heat stroke/sickness.... So not my thing. I skipped practice today because of the heat and coach not letting us drink when we need to versus when he says we need to.

In other news, I am engaged! My sweetie proposed to me recently and I couldn't be happier. Due to finances, my sweetie and i likely will not be tying the knot anytime in the super near future. Probably in two to three years, but who knows what the future may hold.

Bry

Madison81
06-29-2014, 06:41 PM
Starting weight: 218.6
6/29: 214.6 (-4 lbs.) Yay!

The affirmations from last week really helped. And another affirmation I found myself using a lot: Make the healthy decision before you talk yourself into anything different!! :)

I will come back and add my goals for this week. I hope everyone had a great week!! Looking forward to doing this week's assignment :)

munchey
06-29-2014, 10:52 PM
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Madison81:
I'm glad the affirmations helped you this week. They are one of many helpful tools that I have to keep rediscovering.

Novus:
Good job on the one day without smoking and your progress with all your personal goals this week! Are you using any type of aid to stop.

seaurchin:
It is so easy to get out of the "right groove". I'm going to be right beside you this week - doing my best to get back on track.

Munchey

munchey
06-29-2014, 11:06 PM
Munchey!

Hey my friend! Followed you over here because i will miss your motivation too much.

Will weigh tomorrow and that will be my beginning weight for the challenge which I am joining up with late as it is. I need to get this stupid weight under control hardcore! I do not mind weighing more than i "should" so long as it is muscle and not fat!

Skated in a parade yesterday until the heat got me and i had to sit on the tailgate for the rest of it due to being very dizzy and nauseous. Yay heat stroke/sickness.... So not my thing. I skipped practice today because of the heat and coach not letting us drink when we need to versus when he says we need to.

In other news, I am engaged! My sweetie proposed to me recently and I couldn't be happier. Due to finances, my sweetie and i likely will not be tying the knot anytime in the super near future. Probably in two to three years, but who knows what the future may hold.

Bry
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BRY:
Good to see you here! I'm so glad you are joining in!

Congrats on the engagement! Hope you are feeling better soon. I'm not good with working out/exercising in extreme heat. Got to listen to what your body is telling you and it is probably a good thing you missed practice today.

Munchey
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FeraFilia
06-29-2014, 11:13 PM
Week 2 update:

Last week weight: 310.4
This week weight: 308.4 (-2.0)

Goals:

Log calories every day: 7/7
Walk 20 miles: 18.25/20
2L water per day: 7/7

Madison81
06-29-2014, 11:53 PM
Goals for this week:
1. Log calories every day. (Lose It! App)
2. Drink at least the minimum 64 oz. of h2o daily.
3. Exercise 3 times over the next week, 30 mins. each time (starting out).

Over the past week, I have found that I am nervous (for some reason) about starting an exercise routine again. I used to love working out, but I dread starting again. I have to be fully aware of my limits, due to some medical stuff, but I have to just suck it up and get at it!!!

I have done well over the past week with staying within my calorie range. 1 or 2 days I stopped logging, but kept the numbers in mind and stayed within range, but I can't take that risk. For me, logging my calories helps so much, so I have to make sure that even though I "know" the number, it still needs to be logged.

Pink Hurricane
06-30-2014, 01:25 AM
Goals for this week:
*Set up a new workout routine (perhaps 30 Day Shred)
*Log every single item/meal into MFP!
*Water, water, water intake. I am nursing our 2 month old baby and water is absolutely essential for my supply and for my health!


One of the things I do not like about being at a weight/size that I think is too fat for me is the way I feel about myself. I am generally a confident person but once I pass the threshold of the size I am comfortable at, I tend to be pretty hard on myself. I cannot let the extra weight bring me down like that, I work on my mentality every day and remember that the confidence I have when I am a size 12 should be the same even when I am a size 18. That is mainly the only thing I do not care for!

wvuchick
06-30-2014, 11:20 AM
My week 2 update:
6/22 weight: 221
6/29 weight: 217.4
3.6 lbs. lost

My goals for the week:
Lose 2.5 lbs.
Increase my steps so that by the end of the month I am averaging 10,000 per day.
Drink more water!

Can someone please log my weight on the spreadsheet? Can't access from work or phone. Thanks!

Madison81
06-30-2014, 01:01 PM
Things that I do not like about being fat: (in no particular order):

How it may be effecting my fertility.
How it has effected my health (diabetes).
Having trouble finding clothes in my size and that look okay on me.
Insecurity with my fiancι.
Feeling like I stick out in a group of people.
Having to cross my fingers when I take pictures, hoping that I don't look even more fat than I am.
Feeling insecure when people discuss other people being overweight.
The lack of confidence when I'm overweight.
Not being able to wear some of the cute clothes that I like.
Not being able to do some of the physical / active things that I want to do (partially because of getting out of breath so easily).

I'm sure I can think of more, but these are the first ones I thought of.....

munchey
06-30-2014, 01:27 PM
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Madison:
I have knee problems, so I can identify with limitations when exercising. We just have to find exercises that we can do. Definitely don't want to injure yourself or agravate a condition.

I many times find myself procrastinating and not getting in my exercises. Sometimes, I have to use the motto "just do it!". Reminding myself that I will feel better in the long run can help. If I reve up the body enough, I'll have an immediate high and then a later fitness benefit.

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Pink Hurricane:
I can identify with lacking confidence when feeling fat really gets to me, especially when I'm physically bothered by it. I find that as I've aged, that I care less and less about what others think (the disease to please).

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wvuchick:
Congrats on the 3.6 pound loss - good job! I entered your stats for you on the spreadsheet.

Munchey

wvuchick
06-30-2014, 01:58 PM
What I don't like about being fat...

That I almost didn't fit into an amusement park ride last year.
That I can't cross my legs comfortably.
That I won't buy new clothes, because I'm afraid I'll have to buy a size larger than last time.
That I avoid pictures because I look awful in them.
That I almost go into a panic attack at doctor's visits, afraid I'll be lectured on my weight.
That I avoid old friends so they don't see how I look.

I could go on, but that's a good start.

ChocolateLover2014
07-01-2014, 07:35 AM
Morning All!
I have been reading what everyone else hates about being overweight and I can relate to all of them! I have been struggling to stay on track last week and this week! I start strong in the morning and then lose it by the evening.
Madison: I too have been struggling with getting back into the routine of exercising! I have only managed to go about once a week. We need to make a pact to exercise on the same days so that we can hold each other accountable. At least that would really help me!
What I hate most about being fat:
1. Not wanting to see old friends because of my weight.
2. Not wanting to buy clothes since I keep hoping that I will be smaller soon!
3. I hate shopping since it is so hard to find clothes in my size.
4. I also worry about what being so large is doing to my health.
5. Pictures.

munchey
07-01-2014, 11:24 AM
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munchey
07-01-2014, 11:30 AM
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starfaerie82
07-01-2014, 12:02 PM
Things i hate about being fat...

*That I can't share a carnival ride car with my fiancee.
*that my mother is always commenting on my weight
*that I feel so self conscious about my body
*that no matter how much I try, and what i am doing, it's never good enough for anybody else.
*that I can't find ANY clothes in the stores (misses sizes are ALL too small, and the Women's/plus sizes are all too big)
*that I feel like garbage all the time because of my weight and body image
*that I am not in good enough shape to pass my physical skills tests for roller derby
*that my coach is always hollering about not being in good enough shape and I feel it is directed at those of us new people who are overweight and strugge with things.

Madison81
07-01-2014, 08:18 PM
ChocolateLover: I think that is a wonderful idea!! Right now, I'm not sure what my days would be. I'm getting ready to move to the other end of the state, and TOM just hit. Part of this is just making excuses lol. But, this is a challenge I'm running into. As of right now, are there certain days you are shooting for? What kind of exercise are you planning/wanting to do?

I would love to have a "buddy" to do this with. I don't have cell signal where I'm living right now, so I can't really text much, but maybe email, or at least PM on here or something....

munchey
07-02-2014, 03:01 PM
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Madison81
07-02-2014, 05:15 PM
OMG I love the cartoon! Growing up, my mom was always on a diet, and always "failing." I saw her ups and downs and the importance she placed on her weight. My first diet was when I was maybe 10 or so. I continued my unhealthy relationship with food, which I believe I learned from her. She, to this day, still is on & off of diets. But anyway, this kind of reminded me of her....I love it!!

Novus
07-02-2014, 09:47 PM
I was fat for my entire life so to me many of the things associated with that were just normal. Only by looking back from a thinner vantage point can I see things that were awful about fatness:

1. The exhaustion. Lugging around all that extra poundage just made me tired all.the.time.
2. The discomfort. Sitting, standing, lying down....there was always fat in the way and I was never comfortable.
3. The obsession. I thought about food constantly. What I was going to eat next. What I was going to buy at the supermarket. What was going to be served at a function. So ridiculous and horrible.
4. The camera fear. I hid whenever a camera was in the room. Pretty much always. I knew I was fat but I didn't want to see it.
5. The limitations. I was always giving my "inner skinny chick" the smackdown whenever she'd try to daydream about running or hiking or ziplining or any activity that involved physical activity. If I didn't want to do those things, it was no big deal that I couldn't do them. So much wrong thinking.

I don't ever want to go back there. Never ever never.

Also, Day 5 of no smoking! Woot! :D I've already noticed a significant difference in my stamina when running....did 2 miles on Sunday and 1.5 miles tonight with no walk intervals. Yay! :running:

starfaerie82
07-02-2014, 10:43 PM
Spent today helping one of my derby teammates move from her current house which is being foreclosed on, into her new rental house. I showed up a few minutes after 10am, and left after our last load was unloaded and mostly settled just before 5pm. Seven hours of heavy lifting, up and down stairs, and general moving related things... Did I mention it was so hot we were al sweating rivers? It's so humid lately because right after a storm the sun comes out and it's like a steam sauna!

Recumbent Rose
07-02-2014, 11:35 PM
Munchey,
I found you! Got registered and all. I am just feeling my way around this site. Anyway, SW= 179/ GW= 164. My goals for the week are: 1. 96 oz. water daily, 2.Ride my bike 3X; lift weights 2X, 3. no snacking after 8PM The challenge looks great!

munchey
07-03-2014, 12:10 AM
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MADISON:
It is good when we can laugh about things! Glad you enjoyed the cartoon. I can remember some of the "magic diets" I tried many years ago. No special formula now - just calories in versus calories out and finding low calorie foods that I love.

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NOVUS:
Good job! Five days without smoking! Im proud of you!


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Starfaerie:
What a good friend you are. A lot of people want to run in the other direction when asked to help someone move. I'm sure you got a good workout.

I can't stand extreme heat and humidity - I sort of melt and it definitely adds a difficulty factory to whatever I try to do in those conditions, lol.

Munchey

munchey
07-03-2014, 12:17 AM
Munchey,
I found you! Got registered and all. I am just feeling my way around this site. Anyway, SW= 179/ GW= 164. My goals for the week are: 1. 96 oz. water daily, 2.Ride my bike 3X; lift weights 2X, 3. no snacking after 8PM The challenge looks great!

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Recumbent Rose (Jo):

Welcome:
Good to have you with us! Glad you found the thread.

Munchey

ChocolateLover2014
07-03-2014, 07:25 AM
ChocolateLover: I think that is a wonderful idea!! Right now, I'm not sure what my days would be. I'm getting ready to move to the other end of the state, and TOM just hit. Part of this is just making excuses lol. But, this is a challenge I'm running into. As of right now, are there certain days you are shooting for? What kind of exercise are you planning/wanting to do?

I would love to have a "buddy" to do this with. I don't have cell signal where I'm living right now, so I can't really text much, but maybe email, or at least PM on here or something....

Great! I am open to which days! I have yet to find a good schedule for me. I usually try to workout in the evening after work. What would work for you? I am going to try and go workout after work today. I will let you know if I manage to make it! :)

starfaerie82
07-03-2014, 10:09 AM
Starfaerie:
What a good friend you are. A lot of people want to run in the other direction when asked to help someone move. I'm sure you got a good workout.

I can't stand extreme heat and humidity - I sort of melt and it definitely adds a difficulty factory to whatever I try to do in those conditions, lol.

Munchey

Munchey:
She put out a request for help for middle of this week on our derby facebook group, and on her personal facebook page. I had yesterday off from work, so I decided I'd go help as much as I could. We moved a lot of big stuff yesterday like couches, dressers, a giant games cabinet, beds and mattresses. When we got her and her hubby's mattress to the new place we had to fold it up like a giant taco to get it up to their Master Bedroom. She was up top pulling, her hubby and another teammate's hubby were at the bottom end pushing and I was in the middle keeping it folded until the walls could do it about halfway up the stairs. Was the last thing we did. :strong:

After that, I went home, showered and left for the lake. Family had a big gathering for the fourth of July. Was nice to see everybody but I'd have loved to go for a swim in the lake, or at least tubing! :swim:

Today I am relaxing and writing, working 2-6, then off to the Bistro with mom and grandparents to listen to some nice music and enjoy myself a little. Tomorrow I am off for the holiday and in the evening i will be helping the fire department with something or other for the fireworks show in the town where I work. (I live a couple towns/exits up the expressway from where I work)

Bry

Madison81
07-03-2014, 02:51 PM
ChocolateLover: I wish I had a gym near me :( I'm going to try to at least go walking this evening. I'm going to wait until it cools down some, so probably late this evening. I'll keep you updated, too :) I'm not sure about walking tomorrow, with the 4th and everything...the place that I plan to go walk will probably be crowded. I need to do maybe an in-home workout tomorrow or Saturday, to get my 3 in for the week.

Recumbent Rose
07-03-2014, 04:21 PM
Mostly the self-loathing when looking in the mirror.
Not being able to fit into cute clothes
Not being able to keep up with others doing active things

So, I did get some serious biking in yesterday and today (13mi, and 17mi). I wasn't going to back to back biking days, but you don't often get cool weather in MO, in the summer. I thought I'd better take advantage.

Munchey, how do I get to the part of the spreadsheet where you list activities?

munchey
07-03-2014, 05:46 PM
Mostly the self-loathing when looking in the mirror.
Not being able to fit into cute clothes
Not being able to keep up with others doing active things

So, I did get some serious biking in yesterday and today (13mi, and 17mi). I wasn't going to back to back biking days, but you don't often get cool weather in MO, in the summer. I thought I'd better take advantage.

Munchey, how do I get to the part of the spreadsheet where you list activities?

HEY JO:
The link to the Challenge Spreadsheet appears in my signature block below. I added your name to the spreadsheets. Your name is at the top on the Personal Goals Sheet and at the bottom of the Weigh-In and Stat sheets. I entered your start and goal weights.

Let me know if you still have any problems.

Munchey

munchey
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HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!

STAY SAFE!
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Madison & Chocolate:
I'm going to join you ladies starting on the 5th and post for daily accountability. I've been slipping and seem to be on a see food diet.

Munchey
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Madison81
07-03-2014, 10:10 PM
Yes, Munchey, please join us! I need all of the accountability I can get on this.

I ended up not going walking like I had hoped, but it was because I got roped into helping my mother move some things (furniture, ac unit, etc.). Does this count as a workout? I really think it should....lol

Recumbent Rose
07-03-2014, 11:33 PM
HEY JO:
The link to the Challenge Spreadsheet appears in my signature block below. I added your name to the spreadsheets. Your name is at the top on the Personal Goals Sheet and at the bottom of the Weigh-In and Stat sheets. I entered your start and goal weights.

Let me know if you still have any problems.

Munchey

Thank you. I was able to get in tonight. -Having computer problems.

starfaerie82
07-04-2014, 12:00 AM
Work is about to get crazy again.... Was talking to the head guard, and soon to be acting aquatics coordinator. She says the schedule two weeks out, meaning the one after the one that starts on the 5th (I think) is INSANE! I am working 3 8 hour days, and EVERYONE is working 35 hours except for the youngest of us who has 26 and a half.... I am looking forward to the boost in pay but dreading how tired i will be because of it.... Not to mention we are losing all but four of us come middle or end of August when the college kids go away.

It will be me, the head guard/acting coordinator, and two others left. We are already so short on staff right now it's nuts and we are losing our coordinator because of a scandal stirred by a former employee and he has family issues that are making things hard on him. It's just a mess and it has been a mess in that department since January when they fired the director.... I keep hoping things will settle down but it seems nothing is going to settle for a few more months.

ChocolateLover2014
07-04-2014, 07:17 AM
Happy 4th Everyone!

I have not been doing very well this week! It is time to get myself back on track! No excuse.

Madison and Munchey I am glad that you want to help keep each other accountable! I did NOT work out after work yesterday and I really should have! There was no good reason that I didn’t. I even got off early! So, today I will do a workout at home this morning. You two have inspired me! THANKS!

I hope that everyone enjoys the holiday!

Madison81
07-04-2014, 06:58 PM
ChocolateLover: Come on, we can do this!! I know what you mean...I've had trouble with motivation. Sometimes I get motivated, but it is at like 1am lol. We can do this, though. Let's get through the rest of this week and do what we can, and then start fresh on Sunday. That's when my weeks start, anyway...what about you? Sunday will start a new week and we will have new motivation. Munchey is in on this with us, too!

tanguito
07-05-2014, 06:30 AM
Hi all

Been staying with a friend for a few days and not been checking in much - bad idea.

Bry - congratulations on the engagement.

Madison, ChocolateLover and Munchey - will definitely join you on being accountable, it will keep me motivated. And Munchey's motivation was the reason I joined this site!

Tanguito

ChocolateLover2014
07-05-2014, 07:32 AM
I hope that everyone had a good 4th. I enjoyed my day off. I DID do a 30 minute step workout yesterday morning. It has been forever since I last did one so my calves are sore this morning! I will take today off and the go to the gym tomorrow morning and do 30 min on the elliptical.

Tanguito I am glad that you are going to join us. Madison and I are trying for at least 3 times per week since we have had so much trouble getting any exercise in. So what days do we want to set as our work out days for next week? We will start the week on Sunday as Madison suggested. I usually workout on Sunday, but if other days work better for the group, just let me know which days.

Starfaerie I forgot to congratulate you on getting engaged! Congrats! Also, that was great of your to help a team mate move! Very hard work! Especially in the summer!

munchey
07-05-2014, 01:06 PM
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Hey Everyone:

Anyone see this video of fireworks taken from a drone? It is spectacular. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It may take awhile to load & you have to initiate the video from a picture towards the end of the page.

LINK TO FIREWORKS (http://www.buzzfeed.com/justincarissimo/america)

I'm hoping for quiet day. It was crazy in my neighborhood last night. I felt I was in a war zone. My city allow fireworks, but not illegal fireworks. OMG, someone must have had a sale on the illegal stuff! They started early and things didn't tame down until around 11:00 p.m.

I hadn't paid attention to how birds react, but viewed a poor bird in my back yard that was clearly stressed out as the explosions began. My poor dog, I've never seen her so stressed out about fireworks to this degree. She was running around between the back yard and inside the house and barked most of the night (until things tame down). When I stepped out onto my front porch in the dark, I felt something unexpectedly and discovered it was my cat cowering by the front door.

Bottle rocket and illegal explosive devices were going off all around me. I knew one of my close neighbors was setting off bottle rockets and other explosives earlier in the week, but wasn't able to pinpoint which neighbor was doing it. It became apparent which one was doing it last night and it got old fast. Luckily, the police force was beefed up to crack down on illegal fireworks this year. I made a call and someone in an unmarked vehicle came out. I believe my neighbor might have received a citation with a $1000 fine. This neighbor qualifies for "The Neighbor From **** List", so I hope they got a fine.

Hope everyone else in the US had an enjoyable celebration that was a bit more sane.

Munchey

munchey
07-05-2014, 02:49 PM
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Hey Everyone!

My main exercise yesterday was being on my feet for 5 hours and playing "water girl" at my 92-year old parents home, lol. They live in a corner house and have lots of lawn and planter beds, but no functioning sprinklers.

I walked their dog for approx. one mile. I figure I must have gotten a couple of miles with being on my feet for that many ours and moving around their property. So, I'll claim 3 miles for Saturday.

Got to get find my lost Fitbit. If I can't find it soon, guess I'll have to buy another one. I have one of their cheaper models that uses a battery, but it went goofy on me and give irratic readings even with a new battery. These device are a great tool, but they seem to malfunction after a period of time.

I had difficulty getting to sleep last night, I was a bit achy and I guess I was a bit anxious after being surrounded with the rowdy illegal firewords for several hours. Around midnight I took a bath in epsom salts and some lavender. Thankfully that did the trick and I eventually got to sleep.

I'm going to plan for a better week next week!.

Munchey

munchey
07-05-2014, 03:12 PM
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CHOCOLATE:
Good job on your exercise yesterday!

JO:
Hope your computer is behaving better!

Madison:
I'm with you, let's get geared up for a great week. Got to lift myself up from this cliff I've seemed to slipped of of.

Tanquito:
Good to see you! Let's make next week a good week! We can do this!

Starfaerie:
Hang in there with the extra hours at work. Think positive thought about makeing a little extra money. It is easier to give advice than to follow it, lol, but do your best to NOT let understaffing get you down. If you encounter days where you are very concerned that a lack of staff equates to a safety problem, mention it to management (and then just do your job the best you can)

munchey
07-05-2014, 05:14 PM
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I found this in another area of this forum (Called lighten Up). Thought some others might think it is as funny as I did.
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An old man, Mr. Wallace, was living in a nursing home.

One day he appeared to be very sad and depressed.

Nurse Donna asked him if there was anything wrong,

'Yes, Nurse Donna ,' said Mr. Wallace.

'My Private Part died today, and I am very sad.'

Knowing her patients were a little forgetful and sometimes a little crazy,
she replied, 'Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr. Wallace. Please accept my condolences.'

The following day, Mr. Wallace was walking down the hall with his Private Part hanging out of his pajamas.

He met Nurse Donna. 'Mr. Wallace,' she said,
'You shouldn't be walking down the hall like that.
Please put your Private Part back inside your pajamas.'

'But, Nurse Donna I can't,' replied Mr. Wallace.
'I told you yesterday that my Private Part died.

'Yes,' said Nurse Donna, 'you did tell me that, but why is it hanging out of your pajamas?'

(You've gotta love this .)

'Well,' he replied, 'Today is the viewing.'

Madison81
07-05-2014, 06:35 PM
ChocolateLover: Great job on the workout!!!
Munchey: Sounds like you got a workout in, for sure :)

I hope everyone had an awesome 4th!!

I'm not feeling very good today...allergies in full force...it sucks! :( I'm hoping to get some kind of exercise in today. I'm shooting for getting the 3 workouts in this week. I know Wednesday will not be one of them, as I will have to travel all day....going to the place I'll be moving to in a couple weeks to do some job related stuff. So, I'm shooting for Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and Thursday or Friday. (because then I have some big events next Saturday. I wish I could pin it down more than that though.

munchey
07-06-2014, 01:53 AM
ASSIGNMENT
FOR WEEK BEGINNING 7-06-14

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For the exercise assignment this week, we have a new arm circuit. Go to the link below to see the video. The video is worth watching, as there are variations for each move. Adjust the weights as needed. Sorry if it starts with a commercial. . I put the basic moves on the spreadsheet, but it might be easier to just record how many times you do the entire circuit. Decide which is best for you
LINK TO ARM ROUTINE (http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Workout-Sexy-Sculpted-Arms-21620326)

The following exercises appear on the spreadsheet:
Arm Curls
Bicep Curls
Tricep Extensions
Tricep Ext. - Single Arms
French Press
Tricep Press

THIS WEEK'S MENTAL CHALLENGE
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WHAT IS YOUR ROOT CAUSE?
In order to achieve long-term success, we need to deal with the ROOT CAUSE or our weight issues. I invite you to take a took at this issue.

What is the root cause (s)?
What are ways that you can deal with these issues?
Do you need help with these issues? Let's share some ideas for coping skills!

munchey
07-06-2014, 02:01 AM
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CALORIES IN
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VERSUS CALORIES OUT
GOT TO HAVE THE RIGHT MIX FOR SUCCESS!
WE CAN DO IT, YES WE CAN!

tanguito
07-06-2014, 07:28 AM
As I thought my weight was up this week, thankfully it was only a pound.

On a positive side though, I did achieve an average of 10,000 steps per day during the week and did the following exercise:

JM Yoga Meltdown workout 1
JM Kickbox Fastfix workouts 1, 2 and 3.

My eating however wasn't very good. While staying with my friend at her villa, we had a "girls night in" with lots of snacky food and copious amounts of wine! I must say that a good time was had by all.

This week I'm going to post daily on what exercise I have achieved and will log all my calories on MyFitnessPal.

Here's to a good week everyone!

Tanguito

ChocolateLover2014
07-06-2014, 07:50 AM
I am weighing the same this week. Which considering that I ate poorly and only exercised one time is VERY good. I got back on track yesterday with my food so I hope to get better results this week.

Madison I will work out this morning (Sunday) and then either Monday or Tuesday and then Thursday or Friday is good with me. My preference would be Tuesday and Thursday.

Tanguito or Munchey do you have a preference on days to work out this week?
:carrot:

munchey
07-06-2014, 03:27 PM
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I can be flexible in regard to workout days, so I'll defer to those who have busy and unflexible schedules.

FeraFilia
07-06-2014, 05:50 PM
Week 3 update:

Last week weight: 308.4
This week weight: 307.2 (-1.2)

Goals:

Log calories every day: 7/7
Walk 20 miles: 14.76/20
2L water per day: 7/7

tanguito
07-06-2014, 10:15 PM
I'm flexible too.

I've done JM Kickbox Fastfix workout 2 today, along with sweeping up lots of leaves in the garden.

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday sound like they are well spread out if that suits everybody.

Tanguito

ChocolateLover2014
07-07-2014, 07:15 AM
Happy Monday Everyone!

Munchey, Tanguito and Madison are we on to exercise Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday?

I will be working out in the evening on Tuesday and Thursday.

wvuchick
07-07-2014, 11:04 AM
Well I did so well this week and then the weekend somehow erased my big loss. I think it is water as I didn't overeat, but did work outside a lot and it was hot, so I am hoping to lose it today. But we'll go with 217.2 as my weight for the week. If someone could be so kind to enter it into the spreadsheet for me I would appreciate it! Thanks!!

As for my root cause...that's easy. Growing up and even with me and my husband, our lives revolve around eating. Every activity involves food and activities that don't involve food end with food.

I find that my WOE - Fast 5, has really started to change that. I still love my food and will still plan around it, but fasting has helped me with real hunger and I don't eat near what I used to.

Recumbent Rose
07-07-2014, 05:27 PM
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Sorry I've been MIA- we got a new computer on Sat. and I am still trying to figure it out. (very tech. challenged) My weight stayed the same this week at 179. Could someone plz. enter it into the spreadsheet, as I cannot figure out how to access it yet. I click on the link and it comes up a blank page. Thank you :) Jo

tanguito
07-08-2014, 07:22 AM
I've entered your weight on the spreadsheet Recumbent Rose.

Done JK Kickbox Fastfix Workout 3 today.

Tanguito

ChocolateLover2014
07-08-2014, 07:41 AM
Week 2 Mental Challenge: Root Cause

My root cause is a combination of depression and emotional eating. I gained most of my weight while I was depressed and have been unable to lose it due to both ongoing battles with depression and emotional eating. I tend to turn to food whenever I am tired, depressed, or any other way not feeling good to make myself feel better.

I have addressed my depression issues which helps but I still need to work on my emotional eating. I need to come up with other ways to make myself feel better when I am having a bad day. I am working on it, but I have obviously not solved the problem as I am still overweight.

If anyone else has struggled with emotional eating and has some ideas on the best way to combat that problem I would appreciate all ideas.

Recumbent Rose
07-08-2014, 10:03 AM
I've entered your weight on the spreadsheet Recumbent Rose.

Done JK Kickbox Fastfix Workout 3 today.

Tanguito

Thank you!

wvuchick
07-08-2014, 10:11 AM
If someone could be so kind to enter 217.2 for my 7-6 weigh in into the spreadsheet for me I would appreciate it!

Determined93
07-08-2014, 12:13 PM
I know this challenge has already started but is there any chance I could join you anyway? If not its ok :)

starfaerie82
07-08-2014, 12:18 PM
Well, the big bad derby girl is off skates until she sees the orthopedist. I'd go to the podiatrist, but apparently medicaid doesn't cover that, so I settle for an orthopedic doctor and hope that's covered or I just sit here in pain and unable to use my feet properly... urgent care says stay off it as much as I can and keep it wrapped and elevated as much as possible.

The doc at urgent care said it is most likely plantar fasciitis and that really stinks. I will have to figure it all out. Work is being good about my need to sit more than usual at least.

I can still swim, but not sure what other exercise I can do with this. Will talk to a trainer and see what they say. So upset I am off skates but if it calms down I can go back on skates.

Madison81
07-09-2014, 12:11 AM
Hey guys!!! Sorry that I've been MIA since Saturday or so. Had a lot of stuff around the house to do, getting ready to move, and have been a bit under the weather. I've been keeping up with everything, but I just haven't posted it. So....here is my catch up.

Exercise buddies: I did a bit of some weights exercises on sunday (So, I did get in the Sunday workout!). On Monday, I did some walking (about 1.5 miles). Today (Tuesday), I did a short weights workout, and then did some walking (about an hour, but it was not a very fast pace). So, I have kept up with you guys. Thursday sounds great to me!!!

Weigh-in (from 7/6 - Sunday): 212 (down from 214.6 last Sunday) = loss of -2.6 lbs. for the past week. YAY!!!

My goals for this week:
1. Exercise 3 times this week (and more if possible).
2. Track/log food everyday (at least 6 out of 7).
3. Stay within my calorie range everyday.

Over the past week I have learned....
That the affirmations are still helping.
I can resist temptation.
That I feel great when I see the payoffs of my hard work.
That I need to still drink more water.
That I love cocoa roasted almond 100 calorie packs!
That I need to steer clear (completely!) of my highest trigger foods.
That I love the motivation I'm getting from my friends here, especially on this thread.

I will come back on to do my "root cause" explanation.

I hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL week!!! :)

airplanejane
07-09-2014, 06:47 AM
I'd love to get in on this!

Starting weight: 178
Goal weight: 165

Goals:
1. track calories every day
2. 10 miles per week

ChocolateLover2014
07-09-2014, 07:53 AM
Well, the big bad derby girl is off skates until she sees the orthopedist. I'd go to the podiatrist, but apparently medicaid doesn't cover that, so I settle for an orthopedic doctor and hope that's covered or I just sit here in pain and unable to use my feet properly... urgent care says stay off it as much as I can and keep it wrapped and elevated as much as possible.

The doc at urgent care said it is most likely plantar fasciitis and that really stinks. I will have to figure it all out. Work is being good about my need to sit more than usual at least.

I can still swim, but not sure what other exercise I can do with this. Will talk to a trainer and see what they say. So upset I am off skates but if it calms down I can go back on skates.

Starfaerie I am so sorry about your foot (or is it both feet?)! I have had plantar fasciitis! It is quite painful! I get rid of it (it has come back occasionally) by either using orthopedic inserts or getting a shot from the doctor. The shot really works! But I don't know if Medicaid covers it or not. The orthopedic inserts really help too and they were only like $50. I still use them whenever I feel it starting again and it goes a way. I should just use them all the time. But they don't go into all my shoes.
Good luck getting your foot/feet better! :(

starfaerie82
07-10-2014, 12:14 AM
ChocolateLover: it's just my left foot for now, but it stinks. I need derby to vent the stress from work. Now I don't have that so it will be interesting to see how that all plays out.

Madison81
07-10-2014, 04:07 AM
Hey Exercise buddies :) I ended up doing some walking and stair climbing today...about a total of ....40-45 minutes. I still plan on doing our Thursday exercise tomorrow, too, of course :)





ROOT CAUSE INFO:
I believe I have a couple of root causes for my weight problems. One is that I was given the example of seeing my mother on diets ever since I can remember. One failed diet after another. She had somewhat of an unhealthy body image, and I modeled that after her. My first diet was around age 8 or so. This expectation of what a woman should be/do became a norm for me. The comments she would make about my weight were not supportive (as she thought they were), but rather made me just focus on my self-worth and self-esteem being based upon my weight.

The other root cause has been about emotional eating and the role food plays in my family. No matter what emotion it may be, food has always been what I've ran to. Good thing happens....let's celebrate!! (AKA: food!!). Depressed or stressed? Food will make us feel better. We/I could never do an activity or go anywhere, for anything, without food being involved in some way. I was taught to have an unhealthy relationship with food and had never truly changed it.

Some ideas for what I need to do to work on these things:
Remind myself that my self-worth is not based on a scale number.
Remind myself that food is fuel for my body and brain to function in a healthy way.
Find things to reward myself or to celebrate that is non-food related.
If I am depressed or stressed: exercise. Exercise boosts my mood and helps to reduce/manage stress. Just do it!!
If I am feeling negative emotions and want to eat....come onto this website first, or write about what I'm feeling, instead of going straight to immediate gratification that I will just feel guilty about as soon as it is over.

tanguito
07-10-2014, 05:16 AM
If someone could be so kind to enter 217.2 for my 7-6 weigh in into the spreadsheet for me I would appreciate it!

Done.

ChocolateLover2014
07-10-2014, 07:44 AM
Exercise Buddies I have been a flake. I have not worked out Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. I will work out this evening! I am going to get this going! I need to stop making excuses as to why not to work out.

tanguito
07-10-2014, 07:53 AM
Hey ChocolateLover. I was just the same, I'd exercise one day then skip the next two. I started walking outside for at least a mile every day at the start of the year and by March I was even skipping this.

My weight has fluctuated up a few pounds and down a few pounds all this year. BUT, joining this site and teaming up with some workout buddies has got me going again. My intention is to workout 5 days a week, plus walk an average of 10,000 steps a day. And being accountable for at least 3 of those days keeps me motivated.

I have just done Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and I'm shattered! It just goes to show how long it is since I've done a workout for any length of time and how quickly I can lose my stamina by not sticking to it.

We can do this!

Tanguito

wvuchick
07-10-2014, 10:23 AM
Thanks Tanguito for entering my weight.

ChocolateLover2014
07-11-2014, 07:29 AM
Tanguito thanks for the encouragement! I am really struggling! But at least I stuck to what I planned on eating. No extras yesterday! So I am cheering for that! Now that I am getting eating back under control I need to get exercise going again! :cheer3:

Recumbent Rose
07-11-2014, 09:03 PM
Hey ChocolateLover. I was just the same, I'd exercise one day then skip the next two. I started walking outside for at least a mile every day at the start of the year and by March I was even skipping this.

My weight has fluctuated up a few pounds and down a few pounds all this year. BUT, joining this site and teaming up with some workout buddies has got me going again. My intention is to workout 5 days a week, plus walk an average of 10,000 steps a day. And being accountable for at least 3 of those days keeps me motivated.

I have just done Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and I'm shattered! It just goes to show how long it is since I've done a workout for any length of time and how quickly I can lose my stamina by not sticking to it.

We can do this!

Tanguito
I can relate too! I did a circuit from Jillian's site this afternoon (without the 'jumpy bits'- bad knees) and I can tell it has been a while since I've been serious about my workouts. I really need at least 2 weight days and 3 cardio workouts. It's been a challenge fitting them in. I'll do what I can this weekend; but next week, I'm determined to get it done!

Recumbent Rose
07-11-2014, 09:17 PM
I just got a new computer w. windows 8.1. I have a bodymedia armband and don't know how to get the daily info. My old comp. would pop up a window whenever I plugged it in; or I could click on the icon in the lower right corner of the screen. All that is gone and I don't know where to look. Any suggestions?

ChocolateLover2014
07-12-2014, 07:38 AM
Recumbent Rose I had the same issue! You have to go to the body media site and act like it is new. There is software that you have to download on to your new computer. Then it will work fine! Let me know if you still have issues.

tanguito
07-12-2014, 04:29 PM
Just done the arm workout, found it quite hard. I really must use weights more often!

Root cause:
Been thinking about this all week, and basically since starting to exercise coming up for 2 years now. There are a couple of things that I think have contributed to my weight problem. Firstly I was overweight as a kid and my mum always told me it was "puppy fat" and I would grow out of it (which I never did). Secondly, my first husband would always put me down about my weight. I remember doing really well with one diet I went on and I lost almost 50 pounds. I was really looking forward to wearing a tight dress at a staff party where I worked. A male colleague commented to my husband that he must be very proud of me and what I had achieved, to which my husband said derisively, "yes, but how long will it last?" Probably as a knock-on effect of this comment, and certainly since he left me for an older woman (I was 8 years older than him!) I have suffered from a lack of self esteem. I had always been a confident person until this point.

I didn't really deal with the pain of the break up of my marriage, instead I left England and started a new life in the Canary Islands. Where I met and subsequently married a nice Spanish man - my current husband. He is so totally different to my first husband and gradually I am getting to be more like my old self. Although there have been some roadblocks along the way, namely having a problem with my kidneys that meant I had to take cortizone which made my weight balloon. But the treatment worked and my kidneys are now functioning normally.

I am getting stronger and more confident day by day.

Tanguito

munchey
07-13-2014, 01:27 AM
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WEEK STARTING 07-13-14
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For the exercise assignment this week, we have a routine to rearrange our rear ends.
LINK TO BUTT ROUTINE (http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Pilates-Butt-Workout-Video-30890230?ref=34098411)

The following exercises appear on the spreadsheet:
Bridge With Leg Lift Series
Side Plank With Leg Circles
Bent Leg Lift With Weight
Fire Hydrant


SUGGESTED MENTAL EXERCISE FOR THIS WEEK:
Postpone eating something. The idea behind this is NOT to avoid eating scheduled meals, but to eliminate 2nd helpings or that little extra something that wasn't planned. Here are some ideas:

Wait 20 minutes before having the 2nd helping

Wait before having that unplanned evening snack (divert your attention to something else and think about the benefits of not having the unplanned snack)

Postpone buying some food item at the store that will definitely be a temptation for you.

munchey
07-13-2014, 01:29 AM
HEY EVERYONE:
Sorry I've been missing. I've had a bad week and haven't been on the message board for a few days.

I'll catch up with things on Sunday.

Have a good weigh-in everyone.

Munchey

tanguito
07-13-2014, 02:35 PM
Have done Kickbox Fastfix workouts 2 and 3, plus Banish Fat Boost Metabolism this week. Have also managed to average 10,000 steps per day. What I haven't managed very well though is my food. I'm afraid I've succumbed too many times to the temptation of homecooked Indian food by my Indian friends. And have therefore gained .06 pounds. They go home on Tuesday so my temptation will be removed.

Tanguito

Boultbee
07-14-2014, 02:03 AM
I just got registered on the site. I see some names that I recognize here. I will try to get up to speed on the challenge and using this site. Boultbee

wvuchick
07-14-2014, 10:44 AM
Good monday morning.

Well I weighed in at 213.4 Sunday, which was very exciting.

As far as this weeks mental challenge, I don't think I can do much better than I already am. :shrug: As an IFer I postpone eating every day. I only eat in a 4 hour window and I only eat about 1300 calories. I've been at this for 3 months and haven't really had the problem of giving in to temptation and overeat.

So I guess I can call this week's mental challenge complete? ;)

Have a great week everyone.

BTW Can someone please add my weight to the spreadsheet? Thanks!

munchey
07-14-2014, 12:46 PM
Have done Kickbox Fastfix workouts 2 and 3, plus Banish Fat Boost Metabolism this week. Have also managed to average 10,000 steps per day. What I haven't managed very well though is my food. I'm afraid I've succumbed too many times to the temptation of homecooked Indian food by my Indian friends. And have therefore gained .06 pounds. They go home on Tuesday so my temptation will be removed.

Tanguito
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TANQUITO:
Good job with the exercise! Sometimes, you need to enjoy special times and moments with friends. You will get rid of that partial pound in short order. Keep up the good work!

Naughty

munchey
07-14-2014, 01:03 PM
Good monday morning.

Well I weighed in at 213.4 Sunday, which was very exciting.

As far as this weeks mental challenge, I don't think I can do much better than I already am. :shrug: As an IFer I postpone eating every day. I only eat in a 4 hour window and I only eat about 1300 calories. I've been at this for 3 months and haven't really had the problem of giving in to temptation and overeat.

So I guess I can call this week's mental challenge complete? ;)

Have a great week everyone.

BTW Can someone please add my weight to the spreadsheet? Thanks!
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wvuchick:
Congrats on your 3.8 pound loss this week! Good job! I entered your stats on the spreadsheet.

Keep up the good work!
Naughty

munchey
07-14-2014, 01:07 PM
I just got registered on the site. I see some names that I recognize here. I will try to get up to speed on the challenge and using this site. Boultbee
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BOUTBEE:
Good to see you! I'm so glad you are joining in!

We can do this! Good job with getting started here. I think you will find this message board easier to use than the one on the JM Website.

PS: I just found out that new members have to wait 20 days before they can use the Private Message and Signature Features. I believe it kicks in automatically after that.

Naughty

munchey
07-14-2014, 02:15 PM
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I've had a bad week, but I'm determined to pick myself back up and head in the right direction. I'll start with a few positive affirmations.

With one step at a time, I can and will get back on track!
I feel better when I eat right and get exercise - it is worth it!
When I'm stressed, I can destress without using food!

ChocolateLover2014:
Congrats on getting your eating under control, hope the run is continuing. You will get there with exercising. I have to keep reminding myself that all the steps in the right direction add up and it isn't about an "all or nothing" logic (something I continue to struggle with).


Recumbent Rose (Jo):
It can be exciting and stressful to get a new computer. It takes awhile to get everything formatted and working the way it did before (or the way you want it).


Madison:
Congrats on your 2.6 loss from the 7-6-14. I hope you had another good week through 7-13-14.


Starfaerie82:
So sorry about your foot. If it is Planter Faciitis, Boultbee might have some advice, as she has had a long-term struggle with it.

There are lots of products to try. Try a google search. I saw a sandal recently that was designed to deal with that condition. Something like that might be helpful at your job. Unfortunately, some of these conditions develop over time and it can take awhile to reverse them. Hope you feel better soon!

munchey
07-14-2014, 02:23 PM
I'd love to get in on this!

Starting weight: 178
Goal weight: 165

Goals:
1. track calories every day
2. 10 miles per week
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airplanejane:
I'm so sorry I missed your post. I had a bad week last week and was missing from the board for a few days.

We would love to have you join us. Are you still interested? Once I get your confirmation, I'll add you to the spreadsheets. Just double checking. So many people make one post and disappear.

Munchey

Boultbee
07-14-2014, 03:05 PM
Can you tell that I have not figured out the "quote" part of this site??? Anyway, like Munchey, I am completely off track with the recent death of my son in law. I need to get back on track with food, exercise, and attitude. One step at a time I guess. I'm dealing with the grieving process, slight depression, and stress.

Starfaerie82, regarding plantar fascia, the only thing that helped me after dealing with this for 12 years, were custom orthodics from a podiatrist that came highly recommended to me. I could barely walk, let alone run. Truly wonderful. The things off the shelves did not help me, neither did physical therapy.

Boultbee

munchey
07-14-2014, 07:55 PM
Boultbee:
The "quote" button (s) appear in the lower right corner of each message box. You have to look closely, because it is light in color. The "Edit" button is right in front of it.

Naughty

munchey
07-16-2014, 01:39 PM
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Digging myself out of the pit. My plan for today is to log my food in MyFitnessPal, get in 3 miles of walking/movement and spend 20 minutes on circuits.

I'll throw in some affirmations:

I can do this one day at a time
I feel better when I'm in control of my eating and get exercise
I have the choice. I can do it and it doesn't have to be perfect to reap benefits.

Munchey

munchey
07-16-2014, 05:39 PM
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I'm going to list some pros and cons of getting fit and losing weight. The "Cons" might sound negative, but knowledge is power and acknowledging the fears will help me tame them.

PROS
Feel better
Look better in clothes
Go shopping in my closet and be able to fit into outfits
Get Healthy
Less stress on joints
Increased energy
Improve productivity
More confident (tame the urge to hide in the shadows)

CONS

Can't eat like a pig
Might get injured from some exercises
Maybe I won't be able to sustain a loss again
Can't use food for anxiety relief

ChocolateLover2014
07-17-2014, 07:20 AM
Munchey I like your affirmations and your pros and cons. I should make a list of the pros and put it on my refrigerator to remind myself not to over indulge in the evening! That is where I slip up.

I have been doing well on eating during the day but then failing when I get home in the evening! Also, I have not gotten my act together on exercising! I really need to get to work!

I hope everyone else is doing better than I am!

munchey
07-17-2014, 11:54 AM
NO MATTER HOW SLOW YOU GO,
YOU ARE STILL LAPPING EVERYBODY
ON THE COUCH!
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HEY CHOCOLATE:
We can do this! We just need to work it in reverse.

I usually don't go entirely from "in control and exercising" to totally out of control in one day. So, guess I can't expect myself to get back in control instantly. I share the problem of snacking in the evenings. It helped me before to post in the evenings for compliance, so I'll do that again. I found that if I posted that I wouldn't eat after my last scheduled meal, that I'd tend to comply.

Naughty

Recumbent Rose
07-17-2014, 11:35 PM
Thank you, Chocolate Lover for the info on the armband. I'm back in business.
Boultbee! Great to see you! Sorry to hear about your Son in Law. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
I went to yoga yesterday- first time in months and I can't believe how sore I was! Now I'm someplace between 'I really need to do more of this' and 'I don't ever want to do this again'.
Tomorrow, I'm going to start logging food -again.

munchey
07-18-2014, 01:33 AM
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JO:
Good job on getting some yoga in. We can do this.

Naughty

munchey
07-18-2014, 01:39 AM
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WE CAN DO THIS!

NEED A LITTLE PROMPTING?

airplanejane
07-19-2014, 05:10 AM
Yup, I'm still here lurking around and I'm definitely still game.

aryastark
07-19-2014, 07:22 AM
New member here since yesterday!!! I love the idea of a challenge, I did the wait 20 mins before eating last night and it really worked, I had wanted to eat some cake the kids were having but I made myself wait and after the 20 mins I didn't want it anymore. I would never have done that before so thank you!!

munchey
07-19-2014, 12:06 PM
Yup, I'm still here lurking around and I'm definitely still game.
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HEY AIRPLANEJANE:
Glad you are with us. Like your ID. Do you fly, or just like airplanes?

I entered your ID on the spreadsheets. Enter your starting weight and goal weight for 9-7-14. If you need help, just post and ask for assistance.

Munchey

munchey
07-19-2014, 12:27 PM
New member here since yesterday!!! I love the idea of a challenge, I did the wait 20 mins before eating last night and it really worked, I had wanted to eat some cake the kids were having but I made myself wait and after the 20 mins I didn't want it anymore. I would never have done that before so thank you!!
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WELCOME ARYASTARK:
I added your ID to the spreadsheets. If you need any help using them, just post about it. For tomorrow's weigh-in sheet, just put your current weight as the weight for both dates. On the Stat Spreadsheet, just enter your current weight and a goal weight for 9-7-14.

I'm glad the postponing helped. The next step would be to use it when grocery shopping. Postpone putting something you shouldn't buy in the cart and then think about it while you buy the good stuff. Hopefully, the urge to buy the bad stuff will leave and you will get out of the store without the foods that can spoil your food plan. This is something I need to remember to do. It has worked for me in the past, but many times I go brain dead and put something in the cart and refuse to think about the damage. I have to keep reminding myself that If I don't have it at home, I won't eat it. When it is within reach at home, I'm eventually going to eat it (and likely not in a reasonable portion).

Munchey

munchey
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07-19-2014, 01:47 PM
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Relapse and Recovery 101
There's Always a Way Back from Relapse. Here's How to Find It.

By Greg Hottinger, RD, and Michael Scholtz, MA, Biggest Loser Club experts

Editor's Note: Even Biggest Loser past contestants aren't invulnerable to gaining the weight back. Here's some expert advice on not letting your hard work backslide.

Once you have been successful with weight loss, it's terrifying to think that someday you might find yourself gaining weight again. But even a full-blown relapse does not mean that your healthy lifestyle has come to an end or that you've failed at losing weight. Getting back on track quickly means overcoming two powerful forces: denial and guilt. Taking responsibility--and then forgiving yourself--for the choices that led to the regain will allow you to be accountable for your actions and yet still retain your self-esteem.

Take Inventory
While the number on the scale may be all the proof that you need to know you've relapsed, taking inventory now will help you avoid all-or-nothing thinking. Even in a full-blown relapse, you are probably still doing something right--perhaps you are eating more fruits and vegetables than the old you; or maybe you are still exercising a couple of times per week; or perhaps you're simply still active on the BLC message boards.

Next, zero in on what broke down--any surprises here? By understanding the obstacles that tripped you up, you'll be able to avoid them or overcome them as you get back on track.
Evaluate the Obstacles.

Fear, low self-esteem, and negative body image are examples of obstacles that can hold you back. These thoughts and emotions can undermine your self-worth and self-efficacy. When negative thoughts and feelings are in control, they make you vulnerable; you may even subconsciously seek out an opportunity to be knocked off track. And, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, you end up quitting your program. Common situations that trip people up are work deadlines, injuries, illness, holidays, relationship issues, and plateaus. Look for answers that will keep your breakdown from happening again. Start with these four questions:

1. Fear: What am I afraid of, if anything, about losing weight? Could fear be the source of my self-sabotage?
2. Negative Self Image/Body Image: Am I battling myself? Do I not give myself credit despite my efforts to lose weight?
3. Deprivation: Was I feeling physically or emotionally deprived while I was on track?
4. Support: Did I lose my support system that I was using for accountability?

Get out a journal and spend a few minutes thinking about each question above and write down as many thoughts as you can. Be as honest as possible.

Reframe
If you are torturing yourself for your relapse, work on accepting it. What is done is done. Re-frame your relapse by seeing it as an opportunity to learn and become more resilient. Every day that you dwell on the past, you miss an opportunity to move forward.

Strengthen Your Confidence
Success breeds confidence. Focusing on areas where you have been successful will help you believe in yourself again. Try these two writing exercises:
1. Write a list of 3 to 5 personal strengths that helped as you lost weight.
2. At the end of each day write a list of 3 to 5 things you are grateful for that day. What are you happy about that you have in your life? What did you achieve? Include something positive in an area of vulnerability. For example, if body image is where you struggle, make at least one thing on your list a physical attribute.

Chart a New Course
You have taken inventory of the key people, foods, environments that created high-risk situations for you in the past. Now it's time to think about what will be different moving forward. What high-risk situations will you avoid? In difficult situations that you cannot avoid, how might you handle them differently in the future? Realize that your journey is a work-in-progress--you can only fail if you quit. As you revisit the following four areas, think about how you can make significant improvements:

1. Fear: How are you going to work through your fears related to weight-loss? Are you going to journal? Do you plan to work with a therapist?
2. Negative Self Image/Body Image: What steps are you going to take to improve your body image in the months ahead? How can focusing on your strengths help? How can journaling what you're grateful for make a difference?
3. Deprivation: How will you redesign your plan to decrease feelings of deprivation? Do you need more calories? More variety? Did you exercise too much?
4. Support: What changes can you make to strengthen your support network? Who can you count on?

Regain Your Focus
The next step is to focus on the present moment--not the weeks and months ahead--but on what you can do today that will make it a solid day. Map out three more days, set goals, and get started. It's time to get back on track!

Greg Hottinger is a registered dietician and has worked as a nutritionist at the reknown Duke University Diet and Fitness Center. Michael Scholtz has an MA in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the American Council on Exercise.

munchey
07-19-2014, 02:34 PM
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WEEK STARTING 07-20-14


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MENTAL ASSIGNMENT
Read the article "Relapse and Recovery 101". We will focus on portions of this over the next couple of weeks. For this week, we will work the section on Taking an Inventory and Evaluating the Obstacles.

This should be helpful for those who are off track as well as those who are on track. If you are already on track, you can gain reinforcement or reminders on how to stay on track.

PHYSICAL ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK
For the exercise assignment this week, we have a shoulder & arm routine. Go to the link below to see the video & details for the exercises. It is suggested to do 10 or more reps and three or more sets. Please adjust or improvise as needed. You may use different weights or use a substitute like cans.
LINK TO SHOULDER & ARM ROUTINE (http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Arm-Workout-Women-30467947)

The following exercises appear on the spreadsheet:
Shoulder Circles (Fwd, Backward & Clockwork)
Scarecrow
Push-up Shoulder Press Combo
Reverse Fly
Triceps Kickbback (or Wide Elbow Row)
Reverse Plank & Hold
Rotator Cuff Stretch

Boultbee
07-20-2014, 12:49 PM
Excellent mental assignment for this week - badly needed for me. I was in maintenance weight for 3 years; however, with the death of my SIL, I've gained almost 10 pounds over the course of 3 months. Time to take control.

Boultbee
07-20-2014, 12:55 PM
Thank you, Chocolate Lover for the info on the armband. I'm back in business.
Boultbee! Great to see you! Sorry to hear about your Son in Law. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
I went to yoga yesterday- first time in months and I can't believe how sore I was! Now I'm someplace between 'I really need to do more of this' and 'I don't ever want to do this again'.
Tomorrow, I'm going to start logging food -again.

Hello Recumbent Rose - I'm still trying to figure out the reply and post features here. It is good to see you also. Like Munchey, I tend to do the all or nothing approach to things. Great mental assignment for this week.

munchey
07-20-2014, 02:40 PM
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Hey Boultbee:
Good to see you! I'm going to come back later and work on this week's assignment. I've been going through some of my recipes and I stopped by to make a quick post.

Munchey

munchey
07-20-2014, 02:40 PM
Since there has been lots of chat about smoothies, thought I'd post this recipe for an evening smoothie that might help you have a good night's rest.

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The Sleep Doctor's Sleep Slim Smoothie

Doze off and keep your metabolism burning through the night with this delicious smoothie courtesy of Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, The Sleep Doctor. Cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. Lastly, soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid. Sweet dreams!

Ingredients
1 cup tart cherry juice
1/2 banana
1/2 cup soy milk or 4-6 oz soy yogurt (if using soy yogurt, add an additional 1/2 cup fat-free milk)
5 ice cubes
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions
Combine the cherry juice, banana, milk or yogurt with fat-free milk, ice and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Tart cherry juice is being called the ultimate antioxidant. New research shows it can reduce pain, reduce your risk of heart disease and and helps with sleep by providing melatonin.

Recumbent Rose
07-20-2014, 05:44 PM
I would like to pin that recipe! I don't have much trouble sleeping, but it sounds delish!
I also like this week's assignment. I thought about it some yesterday, and surprisingly, the deprivation question resonated with me. I am a cook, and I think not being able to eat all the high calorie things I still fix for work has built up some resentment. I lost 60# in less than a year, was injured and gained 20# back. Now I feel like I am unwilling to go forward and I sure don't want to go back. That 'unwillingness' may stem from a feeling of deprivation.

munchey
07-20-2014, 06:12 PM
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aryastark
07-21-2014, 06:48 AM
Thank you Munchey!! I've entered those details, hopefully I've done it right.

ChocolateLover2014
07-21-2014, 07:27 AM
Munchey this is a great mental exercise! I really need to work on this one. I need to spend some more time on it to get to the root of my issues! I know what I need to do to lose weight and get in shape but somehow I can't seem to do it! Great Challenge!

wvuchick
07-21-2014, 12:51 PM
Howdy everyone.

Had a pretty good week weight loss wise. Weighed in Sunday at 211.4. Could someone please add it to the spreadsheet? Thank you.

Going to have to think on the mental challenge and get back to you.

munchey
07-21-2014, 05:07 PM
I would like to pin that recipe! I don't have much trouble sleeping, but it sounds delish!
I also like this week's assignment. I thought about it some yesterday, and surprisingly, the deprivation question resonated with me. I am a cook, and I think not being able to eat all the high calorie things I still fix for work has built up some resentment. I lost 60# in less than a year, was injured and gained 20# back. Now I feel like I am unwilling to go forward and I sure don't want to go back. That 'unwillingness' may stem from a feeling of deprivation.
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JO:
Is there any flexibility where you work in regard to the food prepared? Just thinking if it is a unique restaurant, the owner might be open to add some new lower calorie meals to the menu.

I'm always inspired by chefs I see on weight loss shows and some of the recipes and low calorie options they present. Rocco Dispirito comes to mind. Also, lots of ideas at the Hungry Girl website (she is quite inventive in regard to lowering calories and keeping taste).

I know for me, I have to enjoy what I'm eating. In that light, I'm not a fan of some of the very low calorie subs. I like a lot of them, just have to pick and choose. I can't stand nonfat cheese in most instances. I like a lot of reduced calorie cheeses.

I think the long-term answer is to find the lowest calorie version of dishes that we feel satisfied with.

Naughty

munchey
07-21-2014, 05:09 PM
Howdy everyone.

Had a pretty good week weight loss wise. Weighed in Sunday at 211.4. Could someone please add it to the spreadsheet? Thank you.

Going to have to think on the mental challenge and get back to you.



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wvuchick:
Congrats on your loss this week. You have a good pace going! Entered your stat.

Munchey

munchey
07-21-2014, 05:39 PM
Thank you Munchey!! I've entered those details, hopefully I've done it right.
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aryastark:
You did a perfect job with your spreadsheet entries!

I see you are from Ireland - how cool! I believe you are in the Summer season right now, with long days?

Munchey

aryastark
07-22-2014, 05:01 AM
Yeah that's right Munchey, it stays bright until about 10pm so no excuses not to go out and exercise :D

munchey
07-22-2014, 12:01 PM
Yeah that's right Munchey, it stays bright until about 10pm so no excuses not to go out and exercise :D
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I know with me, I'd still be tempted to work in an excuse, lol. On the other side of the coin, you probably face a lack of daylight in the Winter.

What type of exercise are you doing?

Munchey

wvuchick
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wvuchick:
Congrats on your loss this week. You have a good pace going! Entered your stat.

Munchey

Thanks! :D

Boultbee
07-22-2014, 08:21 PM
Mental assignment - relapse and recovery 101: My mental state suffers from lack of motivation and depression (slight) that has caused me to gain 10 pounds since my SIL died of cancer about 2 months ago. I'm not sure how to move forward. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist next week, but want to start working on my mind prior to that appointment. The reading materials supplied by Munchey says that every day that you dwell on the past, you miss an opportunity to move forward. So, I'm going to work on the next topic of the paper which is "Strengthen Your Confidence."

Recumbent Rose
07-22-2014, 11:16 PM
Thanks, Munchey, for the suggestions. I work in a hospital, so it's not the patient food that gets me in trouble. I am responsible for catering the board mtgs., and birthday dinners and other celebratory events. I think you got it exactly right with fixing a low calorie version of things you like while preserving the taste. If I focus on what I can have, rather than what I can't have, I do much better.
I stayed within my calorie allowance today (yay). 1568cal. in/ 2694cal. out.
Took my dog kayaking tonight- it was 96 with a heat index of 103-yuk!

aryastark
07-23-2014, 05:07 AM
I'm doing a combination of running and yoga with a bit of ST thrown in when I can find the time. My big problem is momentum, I can have a really good week and then something comes up and throws me and I stop for another week so having a challenge will help keep me focused.

munchey
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ARYASTARK:
Strength training and really be beneficial. My understanding is that circuits can get the weight off faster than aerobics by itself.

The Fitsugar website has some good short workout (address below). It can be beneficial to find a few that you like and bookmark them and work in a 10 minute or 20 minute workout when you can.

http://www.fitsugar.com/class-fitsugar

I'll try and find an article I have on circuits and post it.



BOULTBEE:

Hopefully the fires in Canada have died down and the air Quality is better. I believe you said you plan to go back within a week? I remember you bought a kayak for Washington State. Have you used it this year in WA?

Sounds like a good plan to jump into "strengthen your confidence". I'm going to dive right into it myself. Does the change from a a psychiartist to a psychologist mean that you are going to try some meds to help? If that is the case, don't give up on talk therapy.

I find that I have to keep reminding myself of some tools to use. I'm going to repost the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. That is something I find helpful, but I keep forgetting about it. I, also, have to get back to meditating.

Try to keep busy. That helps me when I'm feeling low (but not too busy to stress yourself out). I've many time found value in "acting as if and letting the feelings follow" (keep busy and pretend you aren't depressed).

JO:
Good job with keeping within your calorie allowance! Kayaking with your dog sounds like fun.

Being the chef for events at a hospital sounds like a real opportunity to evolve to healthier foods. It could be a great accomplishment for you to offer some healthier choices and somehow make it known. I can see it now, "Jo get the employee of the month award" Definitely don't want to do it Michelle obama style, lol (the children throw the food away)

Before I lost my job, I used to laugh about the contradiction between all the constant preaching about healthy eating and life styles that came from my employer, but when it came to events they always provided the same high-calorie food. My employer was a big company and I know the purpose of the health talk these days is an effort to bring down their health insurance costs. I thought it would have been refreshing if they would have offered some tasty, creative and healthy alternatives. It could really reinforce the talk, by walking the walk.

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munchey
07-23-2014, 10:55 PM
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The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise
This exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

• Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
• Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
• Hold your breath for a count of seven.
• Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
• This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.
This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.
Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens - before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

munchey
07-23-2014, 11:49 PM
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Circuit Training 101

Circuit training is an excellent way to simultaneously improve mobility, strength, and stamina. The circuit training workout is composed of two to six different circuits, each containing two or more strength/cardio exercises that are completed one right after the other, with little or no rest in between. You do one set of an exercise for a specified number of repetitions (or a prescribed amount of time) and then move on to the next exercise. Once you complete one set of each exercise in a circuit, you go back to the beginning of the circuit and repeat the exercises until all the sets are completed and you can move on to the next circuit of exercises.

For example, Circuit 1 might include three sets each of push-ups, lunges, and mountain climbers. You should complete one set (consisting of 15 reps) of push-ups, followed by one set of lunges (15 reps), and then one set of mountain climbers (1 minute). Then do a second set of push-ups, lunges, and mountain climbers, followed by the third and final set of the three exercises. Circuits should NOT consist of three sets of push-ups at once, followed by three sets of lunges and then followed up with 1 minute of mountain climbers.

There is no rest period within a single circuit, but completed circuits should be separated by a rest period of 30 seconds to one minute. The total number of circuits performed during a training session may vary from two to six, depending on a number of factors, including your training level and your training objective (for example, are you preparing for a competition, and if so, how much time do you have to prepare?). The workouts include the cardio intervals (one minute of jumping jacks, one minute of mountain climbers, and so on) to keep your heart rate elevated for maximum calorie burn.

BUILD YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUIT
You can build your own personal circuit. Use the guidelines above and assemble your own circuit or feel free to make substitutions to circuits you find.

tanguito
07-24-2014, 04:35 AM
Hi everybody

Sorry I've been mia for a bit. Did my 3 days of exercise last week - Kickbox fastfix workouts 1, 2 and 3 - but it went by the wayside this week. The weather over here has been very hot and sunny and also quite humid and my exercise for this week has been a lot of ironing and cleaning - not good in the heat, lol. I look after a couple of holiday properties and with schools finishing for the summer in the UK, the properties all needed to be ready at once! However, the first people arrived yesterday and the main property - the 5 bedroom villa, is also ready for occupation at the weekend. So today I'm back at it.

Munchey - good advice on the circuits, I must really try to get back into them. However for today I'm going to give 30 Day Shred a bash as I've not done this for months. I'll let you know how I get on.

Boultbee
07-24-2014, 12:37 PM
Great articles and suggestions Munchy. I have only kayaked once since I've been back to the USA, but is was wonderful. Hoping to do it a bit more all of next week as the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny all week - than back to Canada the first week of August. I did swimming laps Tuesday, and I'm really sore!! No, I will not be using meds - I'm changing to a nurse practitioner psychologist that I've used in the past. I will try to keep busy, in fact, I am now filling out applications for volunteering at the local YMCA when I am here from the fall to spring. I have a couple of ideas for teaching classes, working with over weight older women or teens, and helping coach youth swim team. I am practicing lots of self talk but so far, not working.

How are you doing?

munchey
07-24-2014, 02:59 PM
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HEY TANQUITO:
I think we all tend to melt in the heat. I definitely do. Add humidity and a few hot flashes and I'm a zombie, lol. Ever wish you could vacation in one of the villas (employee discount or perk)? I bet they are expensive. Most people would want a change of scenery for vacation (and away from the work place)

The "Shred" sounds like an ambitious goal. You are doing well - hang in there. Hope the weather becomes more comfortable soon! We are in the first day of a heat wave here, so I'm aiming to make the best of it.

BOULTBEE:
Volunteering at the YMCA sounds like a great idea. Funny how you have to jump through almost all the same hoops to volunteer that you do to get a paying job. I guess I can see how they have to be careful these days, especially anyone around children. Are you still playing piano at the hospital?

I'm still strugging to get back on track, but I haven't given up. Researching and deciding on my health insurance choice was driving me crazy, so I had to step away from it for a few weeks. Got to return to the issue and make a final choice in the next 2 weeks. I'm very unhappy about losing all my doctors and the problem with finding a good choice for a doctor that takes the ObamaCrapCare. I won't drone on about it, but it sucks big time. The information provided is inaccurate, the choices of doctors and facilities are inadequate and this is with the only Platnium PPO choice.

Got to get busy and accomplish something today. It's going to be a hot one. Catch everyone later.
Munchey

Recumbent Rose
07-24-2014, 03:48 PM
Here's the menu for next Monday's board mtg:
Marinated Shrimp
Steak Salad w. Caraway Vinaigrette & Rye Croutons
Corn on the Cob
Peach Cobbler w. Ice Cream

Of course, I had to preview the steak salad; Oh, yeah!

tanguito
07-25-2014, 03:49 AM
Level 1 of 30 Day Shred wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. Although I did shave a few seconds off here and there to wipe the sweat from my face. I also used heavier weights than the last time I did it and I can certainly feel that on my arms.

Today my friends that own the villa are signing up for two more properties - apartments this time so not quite so much cleaning!

munchey
07-26-2014, 01:48 PM
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TANQUITO:
Good Job with 30-day Shred. It is a good sign that you had a good start and used heavier weights!

JO:
The menu looks delicious. I occasionally marinate tritip steak, stir fry it and use it in a salad. Yum, Yum.

munchey
07-27-2014, 01:05 AM
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MOVING ON FROM LAST WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT - TAKING INVENTORY: If you haven't had a chance to do last week's assignment yet, suggest you take the time to do it.

Next, zero in on what broke down--any surprises here? By understanding the obstacles that tripped you up, you'll be able to avoid them or overcome
them as you get back on track,

Evaluate the Obstacles
Fear, low self-esteem, and negative body image are examples of obstacles that can hold you back. These thoughts and emotions can undermine your self-worth and self-efficacy.

When negative thoughts and feelings are in control, they make you vulnerable; you may even subconsciously seek out an opportunity to be knocked off track. And, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, you end up quitting your program. Common situations that trip people up are work deadlines, injuries, illness, holidays, relationship issues, and plateaus.

Look for answers that will keep your breakdown from happening again. Start with these four questions:

1. Fear: What am I afraid of, if anything, about losing weight? Could fear be the source of my self-sabotage?

2. Negative Self Image/Body Image: Am I battling myself? Do I not give myself credit despite my efforts to lose weight?

3. Deprivation: Was I feeling physically or emotionally deprived while I was on track?

4. Support: Did I lose my support system that I was using for accountability?

Get out a journal and spend a few minutes thinking about each question above and write down as many thoughts as you can. Be as honest as possible.


EXERCISE ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK - LET'S DANCE!
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Pick and choose from the list below and/or perhaps from a favorite dance workout DVD. Let's have some fun! You can even pick up some new dance moves from the workouts below and then dance to your own music. Let's rock the week!

It has been suggested that we choose a common day/time for a team dance-a-thon. How about Saturday? (or maybe Friday evening?) We can start a separate post to come up with the best time.

10-MINUTE DANCE WORKOUT - Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars: Copy and paste this address into a browser window:
http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Dancing-Stars-Workout-26351382

Note: The one above won't link properly, so you have to copy and paste the address. The other dance workouts below are links.

BURLESQUE DANCE WORKOUT (http://www.fitsugar.com/Christina-Aguilera-Sexy-Burlesque-Fitness-Moves-Do-Home-12126619)

DANCE PARTY WORKOUT (30 Min.) ( http://www.fitsugar.com/30-Minute-Dance-Workout-Video-34466799)

DANCE YOUR WAY TO A SEXY BUTT (10 Min.) (http://www.fitsugar.com/PlyoJam-Dance-Workout-Video-32385861?ref=34863872)

GET FIT WITH GETTING DOWN WITH ZUMBA (10 Min.) (http://www.fitsugar.com/Zumba-Toning-Full-Body-Workout-Video-24494850)

aryastark
07-27-2014, 08:54 AM
I love dancing so really looking forward to trying out these workouts

aryastark
07-27-2014, 08:55 AM
Quick question: is there a specific day we update our weight in the spreadsheet or can we add it in anytime?

wvuchick
07-27-2014, 11:39 AM
Weighed in at 209.2 today! Very excited to be less than 10 lbs from Onederland!!!

Could someone please update the spreadsheet? Thanks!

munchey
07-27-2014, 01:13 PM
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HI EVERYONE! HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEIGH-IN

WVUCHICK:
Congrats on you loss this week! Entered your stats.


ARYASTARK:
The official weigh-in day is on Sundays, but make it work for you. If you have a different day of the week that you prefer to weigh on, you can use that day. You would just be early or late on the weigh in. So, if you weigh-in on Fridays, you can put your Friday's weight on the new sheet when it appears on Sunday morning. If you like to weigh on Mondays, then wait until Monday to weigh. Best to weigh no more than once a week and make it the same day of the week.

Glad you like dancing. You might find some other workouts you like on the Fitsugar website.

Munchey

munchey
07-27-2014, 01:15 PM
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Recumbent Rose
07-27-2014, 06:44 PM
Momof2boys, Munchey, and Wvuchick, -great job on weight loss this week! :):)

wvuchick
07-28-2014, 11:46 AM
Thanks!

And Thanks for the dancing vid sites. I can actually watch those on my work computer so I can do them at lunch! Yay! I love to dance but am awful at it, so I'm glad I have a door on my office. LOL!

I'm having trouble with the mental challenge. My only downfall is the motivation to lose weight. It's hard and takes work, sometimes you just get so tired and that is really my only downfall. I really don't have any fears of losing weight and if anything I have a healthy self image, because regardless of my weight I always feel like I am smaller than the number on the scale says.

Well that's it for me. Have a great day ladies.

munchey
07-28-2014, 06:13 PM
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WVUCHICK:
Glad you like the Fitsugar website. They have a lot of short workout videos you might like as well. Cruise around when you have the time.

The mental exercise this week is more suited for me than you, as you are doing a great job of keeping on track. You are right, it is hard work. That makes it doubly bad when you slip and aren't able to get it back together before you do too much damage.

I sometimes have the delusion that I'm smaller than I am. If I avoid the mirror, I can savor it for awhile, lol.
Naughty

aryastark
07-29-2014, 11:15 AM
I lost 3.2 lbs this week so very happy with that, I'm posting from my phone so i'l update the weigh in sheet as soon as I can. Well done on the weight loss everyone. The mental challenge will be a difficult one for me as I have a lot of negative thoughts that sabotage my weight loss, I'll sit down with this tonight when it's quiet and read through it.

munchey
07-29-2014, 11:51 PM
I lost 3.2 lbs this week so very happy with that, I'm posting from my phone so i'l update the weigh in sheet as soon as I can. Well done on the weight loss everyone. The mental challenge will be a difficult one for me as I have a lot of negative thoughts that sabotage my weight loss, I'll sit down with this tonight when it's quiet and read through it.

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ARYASTARK:
Good job on your loss this week - way to go!!

Try making daily positive affirmations. (or at least weekly and look at them daily)

Try writing out some of your negative thoughts and then list a positive twist to each negative.

Munchey

Recumbent Rose
08-01-2014, 10:59 PM
Just finished a couple of the dance routines- what fun! I think the Zumba is my favorite.

tanguito
08-02-2014, 07:39 AM
Hi everyone

I've given myself a kick up the butt and got moving again. I decided yesterday being August 1st that I would try to do 30 days of the 30 Day Shred this month. This was the exercise DVD that got me started on my fitness and diet program almost 2 years ago and I have not yet managed to complete a full 30 days of it.

On a positive note, I managed to average 10,000 steps per day during the month of July. I will continue this during August.

As you know Munchey, I've been trying most of this year to get down to 140lbs and have lost a few pounds only to gain them back again. Well I've had enough of that and have finally got my brain into gear and really want to get there now. I'm going to England in September for my friend's daughter's wedding and most of the people haven't seen me for about 3 years so I'm hoping to give them a shock with the amount of weight I've lost since then.

So come on Munchey you can refocus and get to one-der-land!

We can all do this!

munchey
08-03-2014, 01:36 AM
FOR WEEK BEGINNING 8-3-14

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THIS WEEK'S MENTAL CHALLENGE
Do something to destress or relax this week. Some ideas are as follows:
Meditate
Try some breathing exercises
Do Yoga
Practice good sleep hygiene & get enough sleep
Get a massage
Take a bubble bath
Take a bath with lavender & epsom salts

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THIS WEEK'S EXERCISE ASSIGNMENT
For the exercise assignment this week, we have The 10 Minute Lazy Girl Workout. Go to the link below to see the video

LINK TO LAZY GIRL 'S WORKOUT (http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Floor-Workout-Video-34287067?ref=34070851)

The following eight exercises appear on the spreadsheet.
Trunk Twist
Bridge
Bird Dog Crunch
Alternating Chest Fly
Triceps Extension
Seated Bicep Curl
Mini Sidewinder
Single Leg Bridge

munchey
08-03-2014, 01:40 AM
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HAVE A GREAT WEIGH-IN EVERYONE! HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD WEEK AND WILL HAVE AN EVEN BETTER WEEK TO COME!

JO:
Glad you liked the Zumba routine. Hope things are going well.

Tanquito:
Good job on the 10,000 steps per day in July! A great goal for August! You can do this! Visualize how great you will look on vacation!

Naughty

wvuchick
08-04-2014, 10:30 AM
I didn't have a loss for the week, but I've had felt like I was in a rut this week. Still ate according to plan, but just was off, so I'm not surprised.

Could someone please enter my weight as 209.2? Thanks!

munchey
08-04-2014, 01:07 PM
I didn't have a loss for the week, but I've had felt like I was in a rut this week. Still ate according to plan, but just was off, so I'm not surprised.

Could someone please enter my weight as 209.2? Thanks!
wvuchick:
Your stats have been entered. Hope you have a good week. I think our bodies take a break occasionally. Your good efforts will show up on the scale soon.

Naughty

aryastark
08-05-2014, 08:59 AM
Got my week off to a good start, I walked a half marathon yesterday. This weeks mental challenge will be easy, I'm rewarding myself with lots of me time. Exercise wise I am a bit stiff and sore and picked up an ankle injury so will concentrate on strength training and yoga moves.

munchey
08-06-2014, 12:36 AM
Got my week off to a good start, I walked a half marathon yesterday. This weeks mental challenge will be easy, I'm rewarding myself with lots of me time. Exercise wise I am a bit stiff and sore and picked up an ankle injury so will concentrate on strength training and yoga moves.

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ARYASTARK:
Good job on the half marathon! Good idea to take care with your ankle injury and give it some rest. Hope it isn't serious.

Munchey

munchey
08-06-2014, 02:03 PM
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munchey
08-06-2014, 02:17 PM
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Three Breathing Exercises
"Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders."
Andrew Weil, M.D.

Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress: The Stimulating Breath, The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (also called the Relaxing Breath), and Breath Counting. Try each and see how they affect your stress and anxiety levels.

Exercise 1:
The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath)

The Stimulating Breath is adapted from a yogic breathing technique. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness.


Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.
Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. You should feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen. Try this breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost and feel yourself reaching for a cup of coffee.

Exercise 2:
The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise

This exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.
• Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
• Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
• Hold your breath for a count of seven.
• Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
• This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.
This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.
Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens - before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

Exercise 3:
Breath Counting

If you want to get a feel for this challenging work, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.
Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.
• To begin the exercise, count "one" to yourself as you exhale.
• The next time you exhale, count "two," and so on up to "five."
• Then begin a new cycle, counting "one" on the next exhalation.

Never count higher than "five," and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself up to "eight," "12," even "19."

Try to do 10 minutes of this form of meditation.

munchey
08-06-2014, 05:20 PM
NO MATTER HOW SLOW YOU GO,
YOU ARE STILL LAPPING EVERYBODY
ON THE COUCH!
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tanguito
08-07-2014, 09:28 AM
My legs are really feeling the 30 Day Shred - but I'm sticking with it.

Determined!

munchey
08-07-2014, 12:50 PM
My legs are really feeling the 30 Day Shred - but I'm sticking with it.

Determined!
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GO TANQUITO!

Good job! Keep going & don't take your eyes off the prize! You will look awesome when you go on vacation!

Munchey

aryastark
08-07-2014, 01:20 PM
Finally properly back on my feet today, my legs and bum were in so much pain the past two days but thankfully it was nothing serious. I haven't been able to update my weight as my scales has broken, i'll hopefully replace it at the weekend and be able to enter my details then.

munchey
08-07-2014, 01:39 PM
Finally properly back on my feet today, my legs and bum were in so much pain the past two days but thankfully it was nothing serious. I haven't been able to update my weight as my scales has broken, i'll hopefully replace it at the weekend and be able to enter my details then.
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ARYASTARK:
Glad the pain is getting better. Sometimes, I find that a nice warm bath with some epsom salts helps ease the soreness. I add a few drops of lavender oil as well. It has helped me out when I get so uncomfortable and can't sleep.

I've had problems with digital scales. They seem to become inaccurate after awhile. I threw on away and bought another one, but it ended up doing the same goofy thing - initially weighs you 5-6 pounds heavier. You have to step on it multiple times, for a few practice weighs, get a zero reading and then weigh for a reasonably accurate weight. Hope you find a good scale that works for you.

Munchey

tanguito
08-09-2014, 11:09 AM
I've moved on to Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred as my thighs couldn't take any more of Level 1. They're still feeling it in Level 2, but the outside this time. I should have much better legs if I keep this up, lol.

munchey
08-09-2014, 01:53 PM
I've moved on to Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred as my thighs couldn't take any more of Level 1. They're still feeling it in Level 2, but the outside this time. I should have much better legs if I keep this up, lol.
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Keep up the good work! Good job on making it work for you!

Munchey

munchey
08-09-2014, 04:18 PM
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WEEK BEGINNING 8-10-14
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEW WEEK
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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?:
Post about what you are thankful for. It is suggested that you post at least three times this week
and list 2-3 things you are thankful for.

Per Dr. Andrew Weil
Gratitude Journal: Gratitude is shown to help ward off depression. So keep a journal and during the day make
mental notes of the things you are grateful for – simple things such as friendship, a sunny day, a good cup of coffee,
anything at all. At night, jot them down. By doing this for just one week, you can boost your entire mood for up to 6 months.

PHYSICAL EXERCISES:

3 MOVES TO GIVE YOUR TA-TAS SOME VA VA VOOM
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BEST ARM EXERCISES WITH WEIGHTS
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tanguito
08-10-2014, 06:20 AM
My weight is finally going in the right direction - yay! I'm down a pound but still very slightly over my starting weight. Will have to put that right this week.

Hope you all have a good weigh in.

munchey
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TANGUITO:

You go girl! You are doing great!

Munchey

munchey
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HEY CAMPERS! WE CAN DO THIS! LETS MAKE IT A GOOD WEEK!

HERE ARE THE THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR
I'm thankful that I live in a state with a good climate.
I'm thankful that I have my own house
I'm thankful that I had a good job that left me with a pension.

SOME POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS:
I have the power to control my eating!
I feel better when I exercise on a regular basis.

tanguito
08-11-2014, 07:12 PM
Well I've given my exercise a miss today as I've spent the whole day cleaning and preparing the 5 bed villa for people arriving. I've done 15,000 steps and I've only been at the villa all day!! Having said that, I did have a pizza and a couple of glasses of wine on my way home.

Tomorrow I'll be back at it!

munchey
08-11-2014, 07:43 PM
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Tanguito:
You got in a lot of steps that probably neutralized the pizza and wine. Tomorrow brings a new opportunity!

Naughty

airplanejane
08-11-2014, 09:25 PM
Hi!

Now that Comcast has decided I'm worthy of internet again I can finally contribute! Yay!

I'm thankful for my awesome, supportive family and friends
I'm thankful for my career.
I'm thankful for my cute, purry, snuggly fur kid who always makes my day better.

Positive affirmations:

I've run a half marathon once, I'm going to do it again.
I'm awesome, no matter how much I weigh. I'd just prefer my awesomeness to be more concentrated.